BT’s free ultrafast Wi-Fi and phone calls reach Wales

24 October 2018

Swansea has become the first Welsh city to benefit from the free InLinkUK service from BT.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart with one of the city’s new InLink kiosks. They will support both Welsh and English, with the main screens showcasing dual language community information at launch and the interactive tablet to follow shortly.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart with one of the city’s new InLink kiosks. They will support both Welsh and English, with the main screens showcasing dual language community information at launch and the interactive tablet to follow shortly.

The first 11 InLink kiosks have been installed in and around the city centre and will provide ultrafast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1Gbps. They also provide free phone calls to UK landlines and mobiles, rapid mobile device charging, the BT Phone Book app, as well as easy access to charity helplines.

BT first unveiled its InLink service last year (see News, March 2017). The telco says the kiosks mean more space on pavements as, on average, each InLink replaces two BT payphones. Around 24 payphones are set to be removed from Swansea after being replaced by 12 InLinks. BT’s red phone boxes will remain.

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Scottish secondary school in LiFi world first

11 October 2018

Pupils at the academy show off their LiFi-XC Stations that plug into their laptops. Also pictured: pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham (standing centre); Professor Harald Haas (standing right); and Scottish MSP Paul Wheelhouse (seated middle).

Pupils at the academy show off their LiFi-XC Stations that plug into their laptops. Also pictured: pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham (standing centre); Professor Harald Haas (standing right); and Scottish MSP Paul Wheelhouse (seated middle).

A Scottish secondary school is claiming a world first with the deployment of a pilot wireless network that uses LiFi technology.

Pupils at the Kyle Academy in Ayr are using a high-speed wireless internet connection that uses light, rather than radio waves used in Wi-Fi, to transmit data.

By using light waves, LiFi is said to offer “unprecedented” bandwidth. At Kyle Academy, it is expected to significantly enhance the connectivity of the classroom and enhance the learning environment for pupils.

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Tungsten gains new voice for contact centre

08 October 2018

Tungsten Network will use cloud-based contact centre technology from NewVoiceMedia for recording, reporting and routing customer calls.

London-headquartered Tungsten Network is a global electronic invoicing firm that provides supply chain financing services to 300,000 customers in 192 countries.

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Node4 develops multi-tenant UC to extend collaboration to SMBs

13 August 2018

Node4 has released a shared architecture platform which it claims opens up top-tier, enterprise-grade UC tools from Cisco to organisations with as few as 30 seats.

According to the cloud and data centre specialist, while small and medium businesses represent a critical part of the economy, they are “fundamentally under-served” by existing tools. 

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