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Belfast set to unveil city-wide wireless internet plans

Monday, June 11th 2012 by Paul France
City-wide Wi-Fi to be rolled out in Belfast

Free wireless internet access is set to be rolled out across Belfast.

Belfast City Council is today (June 11th 2012) set to announce plans for free wireless internet networks to be rolled out across the Northern Irish capital.

Under the proposals, wireless infrastructure will cover a 5 sq km area surrounding the city hall, with the new network expected to be installed by 2015 and deliver free connectivity to residents and visitors, reports BBC News.

The plans also include measures to ensure that ultra-fast broadband is made widely available in order to make Belfast a more attractive place for media and technology companies to invest.

Belfast has been named by the UK government as one of ten cities to receive funding to help them become "super-connected", meaning the council has already secured £6 million to support its strategy. This sum could be doubled in a forthcoming bid.

Since Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the first tranche of municipalities to benefit from the scheme, a further 27 prospective "super-connected" cities have been announced.

These locations, made up of cities with more than 45,000 homes - or 35,000 in Northern Ireland - will find out if their funding applications have been successful in the Autumn Statement.

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