A British Telecom (BT) project aims to give some UK cities widespread wi-fi coverage. The telecom giants have signed deals with 12 councils to fit wi-fi antenna in streets to create broad zones where people can have access to the Internet.
People will be able to access the service using pay-as-you-go vouchers or subscribe for longer-term use. Under the series of deals that BT has signed with local councils, tin can-sized antenna will be fixed to street lights, bus stops, phone boxes and park benches to make the wireless net access available across broad swathes of the 12 cities. The wi-fi zone technology has been trailed in Cardiff and Westminster and the networks set up in these areas will now be extended. The first users of the wi-fi zones were likely to be workers toting laptops but also expects rapid growth in the numbers of smartphones that use wi-fi to make and take calls.