Feeds

BT and Marconi to install 28,000 e-payphones

Net access, email, text messaging etc.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

BT has teamed up with Marconi to replace 28,000 payphones with new multimedia devices.

The new payphones will offer Net access, email and text messaging along with traditional voice services.

They will be installed in high street phone boxes as well as shopping centres, rail, tube and bus stations, airports and motorway service areas.

Rollout will begin next April and it's expected that 3,000 multimedia terminals will be installed within a year.

Pierre Danon, CEO of BT Retail, said: "BT working in partnership with Marconi is ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to access the Internet.

"We are continually striving to meet our customers changing communications needs and although more than 20 million adults have logged on to the Internet many people are still excluded from using the web because they don't have access to a PC."

Under the deal, Marconi is investing in the terminals while BT will manage the network, providing content and offering sales and marketing support.

Revenue from the new payphones will be shared but BT said it expected to generate revenues of £50 million by 2005.

News of the deal helped push up troubled Marconi's share price. At one point it was up 4.5p to 51p but by lunch had slipped back to 47.5p, up 1p on this morning. BT was down 6.25p at 255p by lunch.

BT manages more than 140,000 payphones in the UK. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.