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Businesses and households in Ireland could be set to gain access to free wireless broadband services, it has been reported.

According to V3, 16 London councils are working towards a deal which would create a Wi-Fi network across the capital.

The news provider reports that Camden council is leading the tendering process, which will see a telecoms provider selected to carry out the infrastructure work.

Geoff Connell, IT Director at Newham and Havering Council, explained that a number of London's busiest councils are involved in the project.

"The boroughs are jointly tendering for Wi-Fi," he stated.

"What we've done is invite telcos to piggyback on our infrastructure to provide free Wi-Fi to residents. A number of telcos have bid."

Mr Connell refused to reveal which broadband providers are involved in the bidding process. However, he said they include some of the major industry players in the UK.

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