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Birmingham City Council (BCC) has put out a new tender for its 'Digital Districts: Birmingham Next Generation Wireless Connectivity' project.

The authority is aiming to develop a £100 million ultra-fast wireless broadband network for the city, building on WIMAX trials conducted during 2010, reports

According to the Tender Statement, the council wishes to take "positive action" towards improving digital connectivity across Birmingham.

The authority wants to take a lead in finding "innovative solutions" to encourage its citizens to be able to benefit from the digital revolution.

"This contract provides an opportunity to develop commercial models in partnership with Birmingham for wireless connectivity, working with BCC as a sole corporate landlord, facilitating commercial negotiations for access to, and use of, the City's 230+ tower blocks, 95 000+ lamp posts and other council owned assets," the authority added.

BCC said it is seeking a partner who can provide a wholesale, open access digital wireless network.

Broadband speeds equivalent to those achievable via 3G networks are desired, along with increased accessibility to high speed mobile broadband services.

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