Milton Keynes is set to become the first UK city to have a high-speed WiMax wireless broadband network.
WiMax is similar to WiFi technology but offers high-speed wireless net access over kilometres rather than just a few metres.
Steven Jewell, head of IT for Milton Keynes, told Reuters that WiMax would be rolled out across the city bit by bit.
He said:‘Milton Keynes will be probably the first place for a major proving roll-out of WiMax in the UK. Signals will be sent out into various parts of Milton Keynes – it won’t be the whole of Milton Keynes to start with.’
Eight UK cities
Pipex announced last week that it had successfully completed its latest WiMax trial in Stratford-upon-Avon.
It has already said it has plans to roll out WiMax in eight UK cities by 2008, including networks in London and Manchester.
High-speed broadband connections are not widely available in Milton Keynes following decisions made during its rapid expansion in the 1980s to lay lower-quality aluminum cables rather than copper ones.
WiMax is seen as a way around the problem, giving its 220,000 inhabitants high-speed broadband access without relying on reluctant telecoms firms to fund the necessary cable upgrades.