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Virgin Media is to roll out free wireless broadband services in Leeds and Bradford, it has been announced.

The cable operator has signed a concession agreement which will allow it to deliver Wi-Fi to 1.2 million people across the neighbouring West Yorkshire cities.

4G-capable small cell technology will be used to power the high-speed network.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Wireless at Virgin Media, said this can "transform the mobile experience" by providing the connectivity needed to match the "explosive broadband demand" currently being witnessed.

"In Leeds and Bradford, we’re working with both the local authorities and mobile operators to put in place the infrastructure that will give residents, consumers and businesses access to the wireless connectivity that they need," he stated.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said his city is "leading the way" in ensuring the infrastructure is in place to make the most of future digital developments.

"We are pleased that our neighbours Bradford are also supporting the regional push for super-fast broadband," he added.

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