Telekom optimises its HotSpot WLAN offering
Feb 28, 2011
- Expansion of the service in ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn and in Lufthansa long-haul aircraft
- 3,000 additional Telekom public telephones to be upgraded with HotSpots
- HotSpot Pass for occasional users priced as low as EUR 4.95
- HotSpot flat rate included in many Telekom rates at no extra charge
In addition to the further development of the fixed and mobile communications networks, Telekom is systematically expanding its public HotSpot WLAN services in Germany. HotSpot from Telekom offers users convenient mobile access to data and information - in cafés, bars and restaurants as well as in train stations or airports. The company’s goal is to provide individuals with seamless broadband access to the Internet and their corporate networks when travelling along national and international routes.
Today it is already possible to surf the Internet and send e-mails while travelling in any of the 69 ICE trains at speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour along the 1,500 kilometres of track of the German railway. Telekom and Deutsche Bahn will gradually expand the railway network served by WLAN to a total of 5,000 kilometres; more than 200 additional ICE trains will then become HotSpots "on wheels".
In December 2010 Telekom successfully launched its "heavenly" FlyNet® HotSpot Service together with Lufthansa and Panasonic Avionics. Lufthansa passengers cruising the skies at altitudes of 10,000 meters have unlimited Internet access via HotSpots from Telekom. The service can be used throughout the aircraft cabin and offers fast connectivity with download speeds of up to 5 Mbit/s. FlyNet® is currently offered for selected North Atlantic routes flown by Lufthansa. By late 2011 the service should be available on all long-haul flights.
In addition to its mobile HotSpot service, Telekom is also expanding its stationary WLAN network. During the course of 2011 Telekom will upgrade some 3,000 additional public telephones with WLAN technology. To date about 2,000 public telephones have been equipped as HotSpots. The total number of HotSpot locations in Germany will increase from about 8,000 to more than 11,000 by the end of the year.
HotSpot customers who do not have a fixed-network or mobile contract with Telekom can also look forward to attractive offers for mobile access. The HotSpot Pass with one hour of access is available for only EUR 4.95 - that is almost 40 percent below the regular price to date. And the brand new HotSpot Pass with 600 minutes of access can be purchased for EUR 19.95. This pass is valid for 30 days from the date of the user’s first log-in. Telekom only charges for the actual time the user spends online via HotSpot. Payment is convenient using all accepted credit cards or payment methods such as ClickandBuy.
For a large number of Telekom customers the pleasure of HotSpot surfing is absolutely free - without any time or volume limits: In many fixed-network and mobile rates the HotSpot flat rate is included at no extra charge.
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