Kabel Deutschland wants to open Wi-Fi networks

Jörn Krieger | 08-10-2013

Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland wants to open the Wi-Fi home networks of its customers to enable wireless broadband Internet access for other customers when they are in reach. The offering will complement the public Wi-Fi hotspots which Kabel Deutschland is rolling out in Berlin, Potsdam, Bavaria and other regions.

"We consider equipping the devices which we send to our customers – half a million a year – with a second ID through which our customers can get Wi-Fi access," Lorenz Glatz, chief technology officer for Kabel Deutschland, told industry magazine Cable!vision Europe. "The customer can then automatically log into other Kabel Deutschland hotspots."

The public Wi-Fi hot spot network which Kabel Deutschland is currently setting up in Bavaria will cover almost 70 towns in the federal state by the end of October 2013. "Further Wi-Fi towns in other federal states will follow by the end of 2013," said Glatz. "We thereby build up a very dense infrastructure with our network at low expense. It won't be a nationwide, but a very close-meshed Wi-Fi network by Kabel Deutschland."