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BT to introduce free 1Gbps public WiFi to Southwark shoppers

BT to introduce free 1Gbps public WiFi to Southwark shoppers

BT is set to offer the fastest free public WiFi connection in the London Borough of Southwark by setting up 100 'Links' kiosks across the borough throughout 2017.

The new Links kiosks will offer WiFi at speeds of up to 1Gbps as well as the ability to make free phone calls, online maps and fast charging points for mobiles. BT will be partnering with urban innovation company Intersection and advertising firm Primesight who will help to run the new scheme.

Amazingly these services will come free of charge as the costs will be paid for by digital display adverts.

The free service is to be named LinkUK, Intersection have already carried out the same scheme in New York, called LinkNYC which has proven to be popular.

BT managing director of wholesale and ventures Nicholas Hale has commented on the rollout of LinkUK saying, "This is the phone box of the future. We’re evolving the phone box to make it relevant to people in the 21st century by offering them ultrafast WiFi, free phone calls, rapid mobile charging, a range of digital and information services and all for free."

Southwark Council leader Peter John OBE also commented on the new scheme, "The increased connectivity and access to local services Links will bring to Southwark will undoubtedly benefit residents, visitors and businesses alike and supports our ambition to become a digital council."