Telkom SA to turn payphones into free Wi-Fi hotspots

public_telephones-Telkom SAReports coming in indicate that Telkom, a South African network operator is reportedly looking into turning its public payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots.

The Chief marketing executive Enzo Scarcella said that the idea is still in its infancy, with Telkom testing the feasibility of creating data hotspots.

“We have got the infrastructure, we have got cables going to that payphone, and the next phase of connectivity is data, rather than voice telephony. And so the idea is, how do we turn those payphones into data Wi-Fi hotspots that people can use [with] smart devices,” the executive was cited as saying.

He said that the payphones could become Wi-Fi hotspots, each offering coverage within a 10m radius, adding that the idea would be to make the service free.

The group has around 45,000 payphones on its network. The director revealed that Telkom decommissioned as many as 1,400 phones in 2013, adding that as few as 2,000 were still profitable.



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