Jörn Krieger | 24-07-2013
Kabel Deutschland is to deploy Wi-Fi transmitters for wireless Internet access throughout Bavaria, following Berlin and Potsdam, with around 300 public hotspots to be set up in over 50 Bavarian towns by the end of October 2013.
The list of towns to be served include Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Ansbach, Aschaffenburg, Augsburg, Bayreuth, Coburg, Erlangen, Ingolstadt, Kulmbach, Passau, Regensburg, Schweinfurt, Starnberg and Würzburg.
To establish the service, the cable company will provide 300 of its local distribution switchboards with so-called Wi-Fi hoods in the coming weeks. Each user can surf the net for free for 30 minutes per day using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Various payment options will also be tested. Kabel Deutschland customers signing up for the Wi-Fi service in the customer portal on the Internet can use the hotspots free of charge 24 hours a day.
The company is also in talks with the Bavarian media authority BLM about the possibility of enabling access to local TV and radio broadcasts through a BLM media portal based on the Wi-Fi network.
Kabel Deutschland will shortly announce further towns in other federal states in which it plans to set up Wi-Fi coverage.