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New York began installing public Gigabit Wi-Fi instead of telephone booths

In new York began work on the launch of public access points Wi-Fi with a speed of 1 Gigabit per second. Access points are placed on the site of the old telephone booths, reports The Verge.

The LinkNYC program, which was announced back in November 2014, involves the creation of 7 500 such public hubs in new York. Routers with wireless Gigabit Internet installed in old telephone booths. The first dot appeared near one of Starbucks coffee houses in Manhattan.

The range of the wireless access to the Internet will be approximately 45 meters. Each of these hubs will also have USB ports for charging mobile devices, touch screen with web surfing and two 55 inch advertising displays. According to the authorities of new York income from displaying advertisements on these screens will bring more than $500 million over the next 12 years.

The project company does Sidewalk Labs. According to the source, before the official launch of the first public access point Gigabit Wi-Fi will take another 1-2 weeks of testing, after which wifi will be available for all residents and visitors of the Big Apple.

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