RE­VIV­ING A RELIC

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT > TECH TALK -

New York City came up with an ex­cit­ing idea to give new life to the old tele­phone booth – turn them into Wi-Fi hotspots.

NYC's 6,500-odd pay phones will be re­placed with more than 10,000 new-age kiosks that will pro­vide free gi­ga­bit Wi-Fi with a range of 150 feet, free calls to any­where in the coun­try, touch­screen dis­plays with di­rect ac­cess to city ser­vices, maps and di­rec­tions for tourists, and charg­ing sta­tions. The roll-out has been planned with a con­sor­tium of ad­ver­tis­ing, tech­nol­ogy and tele­com com­pa­nies and the first ma­chines are set to ap­pear by the end of 2015. A huge por­tion of the rev­enue is ex­pected to come from ad­ver­tis­ing on the large dig­i­tal screens on ei­ther side of the ma­chines and will de­liver highly lo­calised ads and of­fers.

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