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Belfast seek city-wide Wi-Fi through Super Connected Cities bid
Monday 11 June 2012 14:49:18 by John Hunt

The Northern Ireland capital plans to make itself one of the most connected cities in Europe with widespread Wi-Fi to cover Belfast by 2015. Guaranteed funding of £6 million is already available through Westminster's plans to create Super Connected Cities. Further funding is possible through the scheme, and the Belfast City Council will be putting forward a bid which it hopes will more than double this funding.

Part of the proposals from the city include 100% city-wide broadband coverage by 2015 with 50% take-up amongst businesses and the public sector. It also hopes to achieve 50% take-up of ultrafast broadband within the digital-led industry. Wi-Fi is planned across the city centre, reaching out up-to five kilometres in radius, with access available at transport hubs, conference venues and other key public places.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to place Belfast at the leading edge of technology across Europe and give us the infrastructure to build successful international businesses and attract further foreign direct investment.

This is not just a Belfast City Council bid – this will benefit the entire city and we need all to declare their support urgently as the closing date is just around the corner at the end of July."

Alderman Gavin Orbinson, Lord Mayor

Businesses are invited to register their interest in the project through the following online survey.

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