BT reaches Wireless Cities target ahead of schedule

BT today announced that its ambitious Wireless Cities initiative, which aims to provide high-speed broadband connectivity, has reached its target of 12 city networks more than a month early.

The telco doesn't plan to stop there and says it has a number of other city networks in the pipeline.

BT originally planned to meet the goal by the end of March, but thanks to co-operation from businesses and consumers in each community, it has been able to complete the roll out much more quickly.

In addition to celebrating its milestone achievement, BT revealed the names of the latest five deployments. The cities of Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Portsmouth and Sheffield join the other cities taking part in the programme, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Westminster.

Business users and citizens in general in each of the participating cities will now be able to take advantage of a range of broadband services normally available either at home or work, according to BT.

Local authorities will also be able to use the technology to aid their mobile workers and, by working closely with BT, can develop innovative citizen-centric mobile information services.

"We are delighted that we have met our ambitious target early, but this is just the beginning. Other networks are already being built," said Steve Andrews, BT's chief of mobility and convergence.

Maggie Holland

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