Free ultrafast Wi-Fi, charging, calls and local info coming to LondonStaff Writer | October 29, 2016
Londoners will benefit from the fastest free public Wi-Fi available, free phone calls and a range of other free digital services from next year.
Technology Hundreds of users within range of a Link
A new service, called LinkUK from BT, will see sleek, ultramodern kiosks called Links rolled out to major high streets across the capital.
Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds of up to 1Gbps - the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available.
Other free premium services available from the Links will include UK landlineand mobile phone calls, mobile device charging and access to maps, directions and local services. These services will come at no cost to users or taxpayers as they will be funded by revenues from advertising on the Links’ digital displays.
The rollout also marks the next evolution of BT’s public payphone service as hundreds of BT’s existing phone boxes across the capital will be replaced by the new Links.
As well as providing a far greater range of services to the public for free, the Links will bring digital innovation to the streets of London, while helping to reduce the amount of clutter on the street.
This is because they take up less space on the pavement and will be installed in smaller numbers than the existing payphones they replace. ■