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Wi-Fi could be built into Aberdeen streetlights

By Harriet Brace, 20 Aug 2014 6.12pm

INTERNET users in Aberdeen could soon be using Wi-Fi technology built into streetlights, the Evening Express can today reveal.

Aberdeen councillors were set to discuss the planned scheme in private at today’s full council meeting

Under the council’s digital connectivity agenda, a contractor will be appointed to support the roll-out of Wi-Fi in the city – and be given access to streetlights and council-owned buildings to apply technology capable of boosting mobile data networks.

The plans would involve siting base stations containing microcells, which act like home routers, but connect to connect more users.

The scheme is the result of a £100 million urban development fund set up by the UK Government as part of its plans to improve broadband services in 22 UK cities, including Aberdeen – by introducing Wi-Fi hotspots using street furniture such as bus stops, CCTV poles and street lamps.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman refused to comment on the plans.