Birmingham to deploy city-centre Wi-Fi


Birmingham to deploy city-centre Wi-Fi

Antony Savvas

Birmingham city council and BT are building a new city centre Wi-Fi network that will provide free access to council services.


The new Wireless Birmingham Wi-Fi network will cover a square mile area of the city centre. The network will also offer paid-for broadband internet access to businesses and visitors to the city.


Paul  Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham city council, said, “The Wireless Birmingham agreement is a clear demonstration of how well we have worked in partnership  with BT – who are making a significant financial investment to establish this network.”


BT  will  fund  the  city  centre  network, with the council providing access  to  its  street  lamp  posts to house the network infrastructure. People will be able to access information and services from the council free of charge through an internet portal.


The Birmingham deal is part of BT’s Wireless Cities initiative, which will see Birmingham leading the way in early 2007, followed by other major UK cities in the first phase of an ongoing programme. A number of towns signed up to the Wireless Cities initiative earlier this year.


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