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BT is to create a network of up to 80 public Wi-Fi points across Glasgow ahead of this summer's Commonwealth Games.

The broadband provider has been contracted by Glasgow City Council to carry out the infrastructure work, which will initially boost connectivity in the city centre and east end.

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A second phase of the rollout in 2015 will ensure coverage is more widely available in Scotland's second city.

Consumers will be able to connect to free public Wi-Fi 24/7 during the first six months - ensuring visitors to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be able to get online easily via a range of devices.

After the introductory period, each Wi-Fi user will have 30 minutes' free access per handset, per day.

Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said delivering a free Wi-Fi network is "a key priority" and councillors are "delighted" to be partnering with BT on the project.

"This is a historic day, a first for any Scottish city and it is great to see Glasgow living up to its innovative tradition," he stated.

"Glaswegians and our visitors will soon be able to access multi-media information on the city, its events, businesses and services on their devices."

Cllr Matheson added that the network will play a key role in Glasgow's transition to becoming a digitally connected, smart city.

This will bring a host of economic and social benefits to the city, he claimed.

BT will install public Wi-Fi infrastructure at transport hubs around the city and also areas of high footfall in the centre of Glasgow.

The telecoms giant has signed an eight-year contract to manage the Wi-Fi network, with an option to extend this by a further two years.

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