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Link, the company backed partly by Google’s parent company Alphabet that makes kiosks that deliver free Wi-Fi in cities, is coming to London.
Link kiosks offer free Wi-Fi, maps, and charging for mobile devices. The kiosks will start appearing in London in 2017. Link says there will be 750 kiosks in central London and more throughout the rest of the UK after that.
New York was the first city to get Link kiosks earlier this year.
Link received an investment from Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet that aims to solve urban problems like traffic and parking using technology.
The kiosks are supported by advertising and partnerships with local utilities. In this case, Link will partner with BT, a telecom provider in the UK.
Link has a lot of other companies supporting it besides Sidewalk Labs. LinkNYC (the New York kiosks) are run by a company called Intersection in partnership with chip-maker Qualcomm. Intersection is running the UK version along with Primesight and BT.