Kabel Deutschland launches free Wi-Fi in Berlin

Jörn Krieger | 20-10-2012

Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland and Berlin's local media authority MABB have rolled out a free mobile internet service in Berlin.

At crowded streets and places in the Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts, citizens and tourists can now surf the net for free each day for 30 minutes using their smartphone, tablet PC or notebook.

The Public Wi-Fi Berlin network currently comprises 44 hotspots, offering up to 100Mbps in download speed. The coverage areas includes Hackescher Markt, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden, Kastanienallee and Kollwitzplatz. A further 60 hotspots will be built up by summer 2013 in Berlin-Mitte, Tiergarten and Charlottenburg as well as in the city centre of Potsdam.

In summer 2013 Kabel Deutschland also wants to introduce payment options giving users the opportunity to continue using the service once the free 30-minute period has expired. Kabel Deutschland's existing customers already get unlimited free of charge access to the public Wi-Fi network following registration at the customer portal.

Public WiFi Berlin is designed as a pilot project running for two years. Kabel Deutschland and MABB want to win further collaboration partners to expand the hotspot and repeater network.