British Telecommunications will begin to roll out free Wi-Fi hotspots around London after successfully releasing LinkNYC in New York at the beginning of 2016.
Reporter: Emre Gunes | Sub-Editor: Jack Leslie
BT has teamed up with Primesight and Intersection to introduce Link kiosks in London after having turned New York’s old Phone booths into ultra-modern Wi-fi hotspots this January.
“Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds up to 1Gbps – the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available,” BT said.
The kiosks will be fitted with modern cellular connections enabling users to call landline and mobile phone numbers for free. Additionally, the kiosks offer bonus features such as charging stations, map access, navigation and connection to local services.
They will also have sensors that capture data live and display information about the weather, noise pollution and traffic. All this information is displayed on a huge HD screen that the public will be able to interact with.
BT claims that all these services will be paid for by the advertisers. These Link kiosks will begin popping up in London some time in 2017 with the first 100 being expected in Camden.
Many people are happy about the implementation of free Wi-Fi around metropolitan areas but the Link kiosks have caused some problems in New York.
The browser feature was regularly abused by teens to display pornography or other sensitive material in public. Intersection has come forth and explained that it learned much from its “beta” period in New York and will turn off the Browser feature on future Link kiosks to avoid the public misusing them.
Around 750 Links will eventually be installed across central London and throughout other major cities across the UK in the coming years.