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LinkNYC Now In Beta

Providing nearly 300 mbps up and down

NEW YORK�The first�15* LinkNYC public Wi-Fikiosks are now active on Third Ave. in New York City.�

The kiosks are the first step in city�s larger plan to deploy 500 Links by mid-July and 7,500 throughout all five boroughs in the next few years.� Their 300 Mbps capability is approximately 10 times faster than the average U.S. home Internet connection. (More about the project, as reported in Digital Radio update, can be seenhere.)

The kiosks are equipped with aRuckus WirelessZoneFlex 802.11ac �wave 2� 4�4 access points using theQualcomm VIVE 11ac Wi-Fi solutionand Qualcomm MU/EFX Multi-user MIMO technology.RCRwireless.comis reporting thatTests conducted by Engadget recorded upload speeds of 317 Mbps and 280 Mbps download speeds, with a range of up to 150 feet depending on surrounding structures.

The project is being carried out by a three-company consortium led by CityBridge, under a 12-year, $200 million contract with the city. The for-profit venture began last year with the first installations taking place in the last month. The CityBridge partners are chipmaker Qualcomm; CIVIQ Smartscapes (formerly Comark), and Intersection (Control Group and Titan have merged).

* An earlier version of this story indicated that there were only four links currently active.�