Manchester planning large free wi-fi network


mcc.jpgIt seems that the latest technology buzz to get involved with – if you’re a city that is – is wi-fi or WIMAX, and preferably free.

Manchester looks as if it will be the next one, with the City Council unveiling plans for a free wi-fi network that will cover 90% of the Greater Manchester area, which is a pretty significant project.

Eventually the network could cover an area of 400 square miles and give wireless Net access to some 2.2 million people.

Apparently the scheme is inspired by programmes in San Francisco and Amsterdam (what, not Norwich?).

The network could theoretically pump out speeds of 10Mbps, though that could be reduced significantly based on the number of users and their Internet activity.

Related stories: Norwich gets UK’s largest free wireless network | Birmingham pushes to become wireless city | Milton Keynes soon to get WiMax – first in UK? | More Wi-fi news…

Andy Merrett
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