Birmingham city centre now has access to free outdoor WiFi following a new rollout of the wireless service from Virgin Media Business.
Two locations – Victoria Square and Moor Street – now have WiFi coverage, with five more areas of the city including Navigation Street and High Street due to receive the service in the coming weeks, the firm said.
When complete, access points mounted on lamp posts will provide wireless internet access in a 2.5 square mile area of the city. Access will also be completely free and unlimited.
Many city centre WiFi projects, including those currently taking place in several London boroughs, limit usage to around half an hour, while other Virgin Media Business WiFi projects in cities such as Leeds and Bradford also only offer 30 minutes of use.
In addition to WiFi access, Virgin Media Business was also granted access to 90,000 pieces of street furniture on which they can install small-cell transmitters to boost 3G and 4G data coverage in the area at the request of mobile operators.
Birmingham City councillor James McKay said the new connectivity would boost the city's business prospects.
"This announcement builds on our connectivity plans for the city, which aim to ensure that our citizens and businesses have access to the highest quality and affordable internet services, and establishes Birmingham as the best connected city in the UK."
Free WiFi is part of Birmingham's wider "Smart City" agenda led by Digital Birmingham, which looks to improve technology services for both businesses and residents.
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