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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.

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