BT announces another five wireless cities

BT has named five further citywide Wi-Fi access deployments.

BT has named five further citywide Wi-Fi access deployments.

The deployments cover Sheffield, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Bristol and Glasgow. They join Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Westminster, which were named last year.

The networks provide wireless, high-speed broadband coverage, which can be used for easy access to information and council services in city centre locations.

Not only can customers benefit from access to all the broadband services normally available at home or in the office, but local authorities can work with BT to develop new mobile services for citizens, increase productivity for their own mobile workers and provide information to city visitors.

Steve Andrews, BT chief for mobility and convergence, said, “This is just the beginning: other networks are already being built. Many local authorities are keen to pursue the real benefits to the council, businesses and citizens that a large wireless broadband network can bring.”

Users pay to get access to the public internet and can receive free access to council intranets, using the citywide deployments.

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