BT Hits Wireless Cities Target

BT today announced that it has hit its target and now has 12 Wireless City networks up and running across the UK. They will offer a range of new services for consumers, businesses and local authority workers.

The company set a target to have a first phase of 12 Wireless Cities working by the end of March 2007 and it has been achieved as customers have enthusiastically embraced the power of wireless broadband.

BT today named five new Wireless City deployments. They are: Sheffield, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Glasgow. They join Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Westminster, which were named last year.

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

The 12 Wireless Cities mean that local authorities, businesses and citizens will be able to benefit from a greatly increased availability of wireless broadband, which will bring major benefits. 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 even provide information, such as available parking spaces and cinema listings.

Steve Andrews, BT chief, Mobility and Convergence, said: “We are delighted that we have met our ambitious target early, but 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.

“As more and more devices are enabled for Wi-Fi, including our own BT Fusion mobile service, the benefits to customers become clear.

“A number of local authorities are already showing they can improve productivity for their mobile workers, like environmental health officers, who would be able to take action quickly and efficiently away from the office.

“Across the UK, almost every major city will have a large area covered by BT Openzone wireless broadband access points, which means customers can do anything, anytime, anywhere. And BT is committed to working with local authorities to develop the applications that run over the network, so that councils, businesses and citizens can really benefit from the network and will really use it.”

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