T-Mobile and T-Com announced today, that both daughter companies of Deutsche Telekom now serve business and private customers with roughly 17,000 HotSpots - the largest commercial-grade public W-LAN network in the world. In Europe, W-LAN minutes used in 2005 increased by a factor of six compared to 2004.
The HotSpot network is a fundamental aspect of T-Mobile's mobile broadband network, which includes access through the technologies GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and the turbo for 3G, HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access).
With recent additions of new HotSpot locations in the United States and Europe T-Mobile and T-Com now serve travelers and wireless nomads with roughly 17,000 own HotSpots - and gain a leading position with the largest international public W-LAN network in the world. Whether travelers are staying at a hotel, stopping for a coffee at Starbucks, or are waiting for their plane at the airport, HotSpot keeps them closer in touch with the people and things that matter to them most.
The service in Europe has surpassed the 10,000-mark, enabling access at key destinations in Austria, Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the UK.
Both wireless travelers and private customers on the move in Europe and the USA can access W-LAN at convenient and easily recognizable locations to check their email, surf the Internet, download presentations or securely log on to their corporate intranets.
McDonald's is one of the latest internationally recognized brands to provide its customers with HotSpot. In Germany this cooperation was driven by T-Com. Other international partnerships include Starbucks Coffeehouses, business hotels group like Starwood and major airports in Europe and the USA as well as enterprise connectivity provider iPass.
In Germany, the partnership with the national railway Deutsche Bahn underlines T-Mobile's innovation leadership: The Railnet project has enabled HotSpot service on high-speed ICE trains on heavily traveled routes in Germany. A similar project in the UK enables W-LAN access on trains in London.
Anyone who wants to use a HotSpot needs a laptop equipped with a W-LAN card, integrated Intel Centrino mobile technology or a W-LAN-enabled PDA like the MDA Pro or MDA Vario from T-Mobile, and a user name and password, either from T-Com or T-Mobile. The device's Internet browser automatically recognizes the mobile network on start up. After logging on to the HotSpot homepage, the user can quickly and conveniently access the Internet.
Wireless LAN service was launched by T-Mobile USA in 2003 and T-Mobile as well as T-Com followed with a European launch in 2004. Since that time, the service has seen substantial growth in all markets as the HotSpot footprint continues to expand. In Europe, the amount of time customers spent online at HotSpots grew by a factor of six compared to the minutes used in 2004. A strong growth continues in 2006.
W-LAN is an integral part of T-Mobile's broadband network, which also encompasses the GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA technologies. With the DSL Card 1800, Mobile DSL Card 1800 W-LAN or laptops with integrated HSDPA technology, customers can also access the 3G turbo network of T-Mobile, currently available in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, and the UK - this is the perfect connectivity for high-mobility situations, where users move from one location to another. Customers get the access to the fastest mobile broadband network available, giving them the true freedom to work wherever, and whenever they want.
Cheers ~ Arne