Nokia announced a new plan to introduce free wi-fi hotspots scattered throughout London, according to The Telegraph.
The program hopes to take advantage of the existing network of payphones controlled by its partner Spectrum Interactive, which have become increasingly outdated as technology develops more efficient devices.
By replacing some of these systems with wi-fi hotspots, the company can make more effective use of its network and help “fill a much-needed niche between 3G mobile internet and home broadband,” Spectrum executive chairman Simon Alberga told the Telegraph.
Much as restaurants like McDonalds and Starbucks in the U.S., the hotspots will be open to all with no more than a set of terms and conditions, and will offer a maximum of 1 Mbps per user and 20 Mbps total.
The first trial will be limited to small parts of London exclusively, but Nokia notes that depending on the program’s success it could be expanded first to cover more than 1,000 locations in London and then many other major cities.
The Inquirer notes that the company hopes to finance the endeavor through advertising and suggested that, depending on the demand, it could consider substantially increasing the available bandwidth in later iterations.