Ultra-fast WiFi hotspots head to Southwark’s streets

News Desk (05 October, 2017)

The InLinkUK service will replace traditional payphones, offering fast WiFi services and free calls to UK landlines and mobiles

19395Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle pictured with the InLinkUK service which will replace traditional payphones

Street payphones across Southwark will be transformed into ultra-fast WiFi hotspots under a huge shake up by BT, writes Katherine Johnston…

The new InLinkUK service will replace traditional payphones with street units offering Wi-Fi speeds of up to one gigabit per second, the fastest available in the UK, and free UK landline and mobile phone calls.

InLinkUK’s digital display will also show real-time information such as tube services updates, weather forecasts and community news. Passers-by will also benefit from charging stations.

More than 100 InLinks, described by BT as the ‘next-generation phone box’ will be installed across the borough. They will be funded by advertising revenue.

Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (pictured), said: “I’m thrilled local people will be able to benefit from InLinkUK from BT.

“They’ll be able to see real-time information such as travel updates and weather as they go about their business, but this is a game-changer in terms of helping people who may not have the internet at home to access more services online, and make calls. Most importantly, all for free.”

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