Deutsche Telekom to launch free Wi-Fi in Bonn

Jörn Krieger | 27-11-2013

Germany's national telco Deutsche Telekom will provide its home town of Bonn with free-of-charge wireless Internet access.

From 15 January 2014, the owners of Wi-Fi-capable smartphones, laptops and tablets will be able to surf the net for free for 30 minutes per day through 150 hotspots across the city.

The new service can be used by all locals, business travellers and tourists from Germany and abroad independent of their own mobile network operator. If users want to continue using the Wi-Fi network after the free 30-minute period has expired, they can, for example, purchase a hotspot day-pass for €4.95.

The costs for the project, which has been set up initially for six months in collaboration with the city of Bonn, will be covered by Deutsche Telekom. If the service turns out to be popular an extension is possible, according to Telekom, if further collaboration partners can be found.

The new 30-minute free surfing proposition will be integrated into the city of Bonn's new smartphone app on which it will be available on the starting page. Users can register for it directly within the app. It will also be possible to access the service through the reception device's Web browser.

With the move, Telekom follows cable operators Kabel Deutschland and NetCologne that have also set up free Wi-Fi hotspot networks.