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Residents living in Manchester's city centre will soon have access to high speed WiMax services from provider Freedom 4.

Originally conceived by the now disbanded Pipex Group, the project has been carried out in partnership between its two former divisions Freedom 4 and Vialtus, Crain's Manchester Business reports.

The project was due to be completed in 2007, aiming to provide high-speed WiMax for both Manchester and London.

With nine base stations currently in place, the group plans to install additional transceivers to cover a further 250,000 businesses and residents throughout the city centre and some suburbs including Moss Side and Cheetham Hill.

Chief operating officer at Freedom4 Brendan O'Rourke said that he expected businesses to additionally take up the services as a backup to existing broadband networks.

"There's always a concern about using new technologies, but using this as a back-up is a way of testing the technology very cheaply," he said.

Freedom 4 selected Vialtus as the principal distributor of its WiMax services in February of this year.

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