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BT has extended its Wireless Cities programme, which provides Wi-Fi connectivity in outdoor locations in towns and cities around the UK.

The project will now cover Manchester, Belfast and Waltham Forest in East London, the telecommunications giant has announced.

BT is in the process of installing Wi-Fi in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Sheffield, Bristol and the City of Westminster in central London. These are currently at various stages of operability.

Subscribers to BT's service pay £25 per month or £6 per hour for the service, but must be an existing BT subscriber in order to gain access to its networks.

The Wireless Cities project has seen BT install access points on phone boxes and lampposts, which are then linked to the internet through what a point to point link or meshed backhaul, ZDnet.co.uk reports.

News of BT's move as comes as several other broadband providers are rolling out similar outdoor Wi-Fi networks.

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