Slow public and hotel Wi-Fi seems to be a feature of life across the globe and while there are some public places with decent Wi-Fi (including some London Museums) the best to date we have found is Leeds Bradford Airport so it is with interest we find out that a partnership between BT, Intersection and Primesight is bringing kiosks similar to the LinkNYC ones in New York to the UK.
The partnership should bring more than 750 kiosks to London and other cities in the UK over the course of the next few years, with an initial roll-out of 100 in Camden. The kiosks will offer up to 1 Gbps Wi-Fi for free and other free premium services will apparently include UK landline and mobile calls, mobile charging (2 USB ports) and access to a local services directory via touch screens.
The free aspects in theory are all paid for via the advertising income from two 55" HD displays, which is perhaps one more step towards a Bladerunner style future. Primesight as part of the agreement will also sell advertising in 17,500 BT payphone kiosks across the UK.
Each month we look at the fastest mobile devices, and the best of the current generation of phones and tablets generally seem to max out at around 300-400 Mbps over their wireless links. So it will be interesting to see what is possible from the kiosks, generally laptops have better Wi-Fi performance than mobiles due to the size limitations imposed on handhelds. With 802.11ad offering the potential for beyond Gbps Wi-Fi connectivity over short distances using the 60 GHz band Wi-Fi is set to keep getting faster, but may need even more access points in a home to get the best speeds.