"New phone boxes offering free calls and ultrafast Wi-Fi are to be introduced on the streets of central London.
The Link kiosks will provide Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 1Gbps to nearby users, free UK landline and mobile calls and phone charging points.
BT said "at least 750" will appear across the capital over the next year, as well as being introduced in other cities.
The service will be funded through advertising on the devices.
A touch-screen tablet on the kiosks will give access to maps, directions and local services while sensors will capture real-time data of the local environment such as pollution levels and air temperature.
Mock up of a new phone boxImage copyrightPA
BT said it was making the phone box relevant to the 21st century
BT chief executive for wholesale and ventures Gerry McQuade said the company was "evolving the phone box to make it relevant in the 21st century".
"London is one of the greatest cities in the world and it's entirely fitting that it becomes the first UK city to benefit from the Links," he said.
Rajesh Agrawal, London's deputy mayor for business, said the kiosks would "play a big part in improving connectivity for Londoners and visitors to our city"."
"José Espartero, who was speaking at a news conference on São Miguel, said that the Frankfurt flight would be on Saturday. Meanwhile, he announced that the company would also be increasing the frequency of its flights to and from Lisbon to 15 from the current 13.
The London route was a resumption of one that had previously existed, he noted, adding that the airline aimed to expand its network with year-round links between Ponta Delgada and Europe.
“The idea is to maintain all year the operation to Frankfurt and to London, too," he said. "But at the moment the reservations available are for the summer of 2017, which starts in March and ends in October for the company."
At present, Ryanair only has flights to and from Ponta Delgada and mainland Portugal, namely Lisbon and Porto. It has already announced plans to start operating these two routes two and from Terceira from December, with four weekly flights to Lisbon and two to Porto. That will, the company said in September, mean the airline transporting 100,000 passengers a year through the civilian airport at Lajes.
The Azores secretary for transport and tourism, Vítor Fraga, who attended Thursday's news conference, said that the government would be working with Ryanair on campaigns in the German and UK markets, at a cost of €90,000 each, to promote the region as a destination.
Fraga said he did not see Ryanair as competing directly with local airline SATA, which also flies to Frankfurt, arguing that the Ireland-based company “has a market completely distinct niche" in the holiday market.
SATA currently offers one weekly flight to Frankfurt in the winter and two in the summer."
Fonte: The Portugal News Online