About Link5G

Link5G is LinkNYC’s second generation offering that will improve digital connectivity in New York City. Conceived in 2021 (the Year of 5G), Link5G enables the equitable deployment of both 5G cellular coverage and Wi-Fi connectivity across the five boroughs. Using multi-tenant structures, transmitters for telecommunication service providers will be housed within Link5G kiosks, expanding 5G options and enhancing coverage in underserved areas.

Link5G kiosks will bring better cellular service, increased opportunities to connect to free Wi-Fi, and improved options for in-home broadband internet access.

Equitable Deployment Mandate

90% of the new Link5G kiosks, which are enabled for 5G and feature the same free services as the original Link kiosks, will be deployed in The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and above 96th Street in Manhattan. Additionally, 13 Community Districts have been specifically chosen by New York City to receive a minimum number of kiosks. Link5G will enhance neighborhoods’ cellular connections and provide businesses and pedestrians with improved high-speed Wi-Fi coverage. Link5G’s 32 foot height ensures that a 5G signal is effectively broadcast from optimal height for all carriers to reach New Yorkers' mobile devices.

Key Features

  • Use your personal device to connect to LinkNYC’s super fast, free Wi-Fi up to 750 feet from the kiosk
  • Access city services, directions and local information from the tablet
  • Make free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. using the tablet or the keypad. Plug in your personal headphones for more privacy
  • Use the dedicated 911 button in the event of an emergency
  • Charge your device in a power-only USB port
  • Use Accessibility features such as TalkBack, HearingLoop and Video Relay Service for the visually and hearing impaired
  • View public service announcements, local information, transit schedules and more on 2 digital displays (on select kiosks)
  • Use the Affordable Connectivity Program tile on the tablet for more information on the federal program and how it helps eligible households offset the cost of technology and connectivity within the home