31 October 2016

BT brings new wave of digital innovation to streets of London


Londoners are set to benefit from free ultrafast wi-fi, free phone calls and a range of other free digital employment from next year.

It’s all thanks to a new partnership between BT, urban innovation company Intersection, and UK outdoor advertising firm Primesite.

A new service, called LinkUK from BT, will see sleek, ultra-modern kiosks called golf links rolled out to major high streets crosswise the capital.

Hundreds of users inside range of a Linkwill be able to access free ultrafast wi-fi - with speeds of up to 1Gbps - on the move. LinkUK will offer the quickest free public wi-fi service available.

Other free employment available from the golf linkswill include UK land line and mobile phone calls, mobile device charging and access to maps, directions and local employment.

Smart city employment

The new golf links will besides feature sensors, which can capture time period information relating to the local environment, including for example, air and noise pollution, outdoor temperature and traffic conditions. This could possibly introduce an exciting new range of smart employment to local councils and communities based on the net of Things.

These employment will come at no cost to users or taxpayers as they will be unfunded by revenues from advertising on the golf links’ digital displays.

Rajesh Agrawal, London’s deputy city manager for business, said: “I welcome this exciting new addition to London’s streets. Expanding London’s digital infrastructure is a priority for the city manager, and LinkUK can play a big part in up property for Londoners and visitors to our city, piece reducing street clutter by upgrading and reducing the number of phone boxes.”

Phone box evolution

The roll-out besides Marks the next evolution of BT’s public payphone service as hundreds of BT’s existing phone boxes crosswise the capital will be replaced by the new golf links.

As well as providing a far lesser range of employment to the public for free, the golf linkswill bring digital innovation to the streets of London.

Gerry McQuade, chief executive, BT Wholesale and Ventures, said: “We’re evolving the phone box to make it applicable in the twenty-first century by offering people ultrafast wi-fi and a range of digital and information employment entirely for free.”

Presence in major cities

Up to 100 golf links are expected to be installed in the London Borough of Camden - with the first ones due to appear in 2017. At least 750 golf links will be installed crosswise central London and in major cities crosswise the UK over the next few years.

EachLink will give users free employment including up to 1Gbps wi-fi, two USB charging ports, a touch screen tablet for accessing maps, directions and local employment and free UK land line and mobile phone calls.

Links will besides have two 55 inch (139.7cm) high-definition digital displays, able to display public service announcements, as well as neighbourhood advertising for global and local businesses facultative them to reach customers at the right place and right time.

For more information about LinkUK visit: www.linkuk.uk