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Virgin Media brings free Wi-Fi to Birmingham

Virgin Media Business has launched a super-fast free Wi-Fi service to serve the city of Birmingham with anyone that frequents the city centre set to benefit.

Visitors that flock to the West Midlands city will be able to access unlimited Wi-Fi free of charge across the city centre with the eight connected locations providing 2.5sq miles of coverage.

“This exciting new technology has the potential to supercharge people’s internet services with a capacity to match the growing number of smart devices,” said Duncan Higgins, director of marketing at Virgin Media Business. “Birmingham is a prototype of the super-powered, connected city, which is not only offering free internet services to all, but also accelerating a revolution in the mobile broadband experience.”

The system works through a series of access points mounted on lamp-posts and street furniture throughout the city that are connected to Virgin Media Business’ nationwide high-speed fibre optic broadband network.

“This announcement builds on our connectivity plans for the city which aim to ensure that our citizens and businesses have access to the highest quality and affordable internet services, and establishes Birmingham as the best connected city in the UK,” stated James McKay, councillor and cabinet member at Birmingham City Council.

In order to connect users should look for the hotspot ID “_Bham Free WiFi” on the device in question and then follow the onscreen instructions to connect to the service, which has no usage limits.

The service is operated by Global Reach Technology on behalf of Virgin Media Business and the first the benefit from the scheme are those around the Victoria Square and Moor Street areas of the city.

Birmingham is by no means the first city to benefit from free Virgin Media with the service rolled out to Bradford and Leeds last Christmas and the company offering free Wi-Fi access on London Underground for Virgin Media subscribers and its mobile partners.

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