Nine city hotspots will offer wireless internet use

    Date12 Jan 2006
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    From March, residents in nine urban centres across Britain will be able to access the internet from their laptops outdoors, without cables, and use their mobile phones to make calls over the web after a small technology firm launches the first part of a nationwide WiFi network. The move to roll out wireless internet technology will threaten the revenues of Britain’s mobile phone operators.

    Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds are among eight cities — plus three London boroughs — singled out for the installation of so-called "WiFi hotspots".

    Each hotspot will provide access to the internet for those using a computer without the need for wires. Together, the hotspots will provide blanket coverage of outdoor areas in the city centres.

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