block offered a new tablet to connect to high-speed wi-fi access points throughout the building, linked back into the main BT network via a single fibre cable.
With only one third of GHA’s tenants online prior to the trial scheme, BT Scotland director Brendan Dick is confident it will be a success.
He said: “We’re proud to be working with the Scottish Government and GHA to connect people digitally and help them build a better future. They’ve shown great leadership in their ambition to make sure tenants can draw on the internet services that most of us take for granted – online shopping, discounts, jobs, training, social networking and entertainment.
“At BT, we believe in the power of communication to make a better world and t ransform people’s quality of l i fe. Our Connected Society programme helps people gain the skills and confidence they need to join the online community.”
BT has also teamed up with Glasgow City Council to launch free wi-fi in parts of the city centre and east-end. The Urban Wireless programme, which began operation in early July, is a network of 50 wi-fi spots that allow users free 24-hour access to the internet. Its implementation marks Glasgow as the first Scottish city to offer free wi-fi. The minimum duration of the scheme is eight years, and Council leader Gordon Matheson is optimistic that it will be a success.
He said: “Anyone coming to the streets, public spaces and community centres covered by the first stage of this network will be able to take advantage of this innovative, fast and high-quality service. We are now seen as a blueprint for other cities to follow.”
The Urban Wireless scheme will be extended next year, while the BT One Phone service will be rolled out during the next six months.