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A free public Wi-Fi service is to be launched in Cardiff, helping to improve connectivity in the centre of the Welsh capital.

BT is to build and manage the network for ten years, as part of the Super Connected Cities project. It has been selected for the rollout scheme by Cardiff City Council.

The broadband provider will gain access to Cardiff’s lamp posts and other street furniture, allowing it to install the necessary mobile infrastructure. 

BT will make the 3G and 4G equipment available to mobile broadband operators on a wholesale basis, which could see Cardiff residents, workers and tourists benefit from improved service access.

Steve Haines, Managing Director for Strategic & Business Development in BT's Wholesale division, said the company was "extremely proud" to be upgrading connectivity solutions in Cardiff.

"BT has a proven track record of delivering large-scale, reliable communication services, and the fact Cardiff City Council trusts us to deliver a great service for the city centre is another fantastic endorsement for our people and their expertise," he stated.

The new Wi-Fi service will cover a large proportion of the city centre, with phase one connecting Queen Street, The Hayes, the High Street and St Mary Street.

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