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Free public Wi-Fi could be made available across Edinburgh's bus and tram network, it has been reported.

ComputerWeekly.com has discovered a tender for a rollout project, which would see 13 Lothian buses and 27 new trams installed with Wi-Fi equipment.

Transport for Edinburgh is seeking up to £2 million in funding for the project, from the government's Super-Connected Cities fund.

It has organised the tender process in order to solidify the business case.

Ian Craig, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh, said the introduction of passenger Wi-Fi on all of Edinburgh’s buses and trams would be "great" for passengers and help the city to become "a truly connected capital".

"Creating a free Wi-Fi network on our newly integrated bus and tram fleet is a logical next step and we're confident that we’ll be able to put together a very strong case for UK government approval," he told the news provider.

Edinburgh City Council is backing the proposed scheme, with Councillor Lesley Hinds saying it has been looking to offer Wi-Fi across public transport for some time.

"We believe it is an important part of providing a modern, 21st century transport system for Edinburgh," she stated.

Should an application for funding be approved, Transport for Edinburgh hopes to be offering free public Wi-Fi by the end of 2014.

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