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A new £3 million wireless broadband network is set to be constructed in Greater Manchester, it has been reported.

Internet service provider (ISP) Metronet will help to improve broadband speeds in the city using its network of 40 rooftop transmitters.

According to the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the ISP currently offers 100 per cent broadband coverage within the M60 and up to 90 per cent coverage throughout the rest of the county.

Elliott Mueller, Chief Executive of the ISP, said Wi-Fi offers advantages over copper wire and fibre-optic cables, where download speeds relate to the distance from the local telephone exchange.

Broadband speeds can also be affected by the number of people accessing the internet via a fixed connection, he added.

"Our success is mainly down to the high level of customer service we offer," Mr Mueller stated.

"Our technical people are always available to speak directly with customers."

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the number of wireless broadband hotspots is set to double to 1.5 million worldwide over the next four years.

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