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Hounslow and Richmond are leading the way for the Outer London boroughs and have become the latest community to benefit from free InLink services.
This launch marks the 600th InLink screen to be activated in the UK, with the service offering the UK’s fastest free public Wi-Fi plus a range of digital services, including local council and community information. Research has found that 77% of consumers agree InLinks have a positive impact on their communities.
The first of the fully-accessible InLinks have already gone live on Hounslow’s London Road and High Street. Richmond also launches with five InLinks and the service is due to be launched in further Outer London locations in the coming weeks and months.
Hounslow and Richmond join nine other London boroughs, as well as 13 major UK urban centres; Leicester, Northampton, Southampton, Portsmouth, Leeds, Glasgow, Swansea, Sheffield, Newcastle, Gateshead, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham, as the latest locations to benefit from the new service.
On average each InLink replaces two BT payphones (meaning more space on pavements) and is hand-selected for maximum engagement and use by the public. We plan to install 18 InLinks in Hounslow and remove 36 payphones, whilst Richmond will see 20 payphones removed for the 10 InLinks planned for the borough.
Matt Bird, general manager for InLinkUK, added: “The very first InLink was launched in London, so it’s great that following our recent rapid growth throughout other parts of the UK, we are continuing to create smart communities throughout the capital. These two key Outer London Boroughs are now able to benefit from the range of digital services our InLinks offer, and we’re looking forward to welcoming many others imminently."
The UK rollout has so far seen more than 600 screens installed across the UK, with hundreds more to be launched in other major towns and cities in the near future. Since the first InLink was installed in June last year, more than 236,000 people have subscribed to the service’s free Wi-Fi, using enough data to download the equivalent of over 51 million songs. InLinks have also saved people more than £1,320,000 in free calls, with 70,000 calls being made on average every week across the UK.