Cardiff Council has selected BT for the launch of a free public wi-fi service across its city centre. The deal will bring free wi-fi to more than 1.4 million residents, hundreds of businesses and almost 19 million annual visitors to the city. It will be extended to include the Cardiff Bay area in 2014. Initially the service will be free for all, and BT Broadband users will always receive free and unlimited usage.
BT will build and manage the network for ten years, and in return will receive access to Cardiff’s lamp posts and other street furniture, allowing the company to install new mobile infrastructure.
Cabinet Member for Finance and Economic Development, Russell Goodway, said: “These wireless technologies will add to the ongoing investment in fibre broadband that BT is making across Cardiff and give the city a real competitive edge when it comes to attracting new visitors and businesses. This will also significantly improve the speed, reach, strength and reliability of 3G and 4G mobile services offered to mobile and smart device users.”
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