BT has been chosen to roll out a WiFi service in Cardiff city centre that will see the firm install infrastructure on lamp posts and other street furniture.
The service will cover the major streets of Cardiff including Queen Street, The Hayes and St Mary Street, while there will also be coverage around City Hall. The 10-year deal will also see the service reach the Cardiff Bay area in 2014.
BT said all broadband customers would get free access to the WiFi all the time, but that the network would only be free for everyone else "initially". V3 contacted BT for clarification on when the free allowance would change, but had received no reply at the time of publication.
As well as installing WiFi infrastructure BT said it would also place kit around the city that would be accessible to mobile operators to help boost 3G and 4G signals in the city.
Cardiff cabinet member for finance and economic development Russell Goodway said the deal was another major step forward in helping make Cardiff a super-connected city.
“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,” he said.
“This will also significantly improve the speed, reach, strength and reliability of 3G and 4G mobile services offered to mobile and smart device users.”
The deal is just one of many rollouts of internet connection services around the UK, with Peterborough also due to receive 1Gbps services thanks to a rollout from CityFibre. Earlier this week V3 also saw how a new 4G service in rural Cumbria is improving working life for remote businesses.
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