According to this website, S-NetworkX, a local W-LAN HotSpot provider, is working on a single W-LAN HotSpot to cover the whole city of Munich (Germany) via three access points, installed on top of the Olympia Tower (the local TV and Radio tower) here in Munich in 212 meters height above ground.
Due to the enormous height, the free line of sight and the three different and separate antenna platform segments the company promises a coverage for the city Munich including the neighboring districts.
In the future, the mobile Internet use is not only limited to a few Hotspots, but the whole city Munich becomes one Wireless HotSpot like nowhere in the world.
On the Tuesday, 26.Juli 2005, S-NetworkX plans a test transmission (with good weather conditions only) also all residents of Munich can participate (the company isn't providing a real Internet connection during the test but is broadcasting the SSID only. In case you receive it, you can give them a feedback if you have received it successful).
Okay, so far the translation from the project page. Even if next week isn't April Fool I'm not sure yet how serious I should take this news. I really wonder how they want to realize their project with three access points only using Wi-Fi, not WiMAX you might have expected now. If whole Munich will be able to access their "HotSpot", what's the bandwidth if (theoretically) 1 Million residents will access three access points (only)?
Sounds like a fantastic idea but I'm neither sure if Wi-Fi is the appropriate technology to cover a whole city from one antenna only nor if three antennas are enough. Until S-NetworkX have proved it, I'm more than happy to know enough free and commercial HotSpots within Munich as well as I have access to GPRS and UMTS which is working well here.
Last but not leas I wonder what O2 Germany is thinking about such a plan since the Olympic Tower is behind the O2 HQ (the antenna left from the Olympic Stadium):
I'm sure they appreciate the UMTS competition in their own hometown/direct neighborhood. ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne