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Glasgow will become the first city to offer its residents internet wireless access while travelling on underground trains, it has been announced.

Once operational the service will allow Glaswegians access to the internet via their laptops or other wireless broadband-enabled devices at all 15 stations on the network, BBC Online reports.

Work on installation of the network, which will also enable travellers to use their mobile phones, will commence later this month with initial trials set for Buchanan Street station.

The network will be provided by Arqiva which has signed a deal with the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

Howard Williams, business development manager for Arqiva, added: "As the UK moves closer to wirelessly enabled areas the benefits that wireless networks, such as the one contracted by SPT, can provide are being recognised and cities need to capitalise on this."

News of the project comes as train operator First ScotRail is considering installing wireless broadband access on its services in the Central Belt.

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