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WIRELESS: McDonald's serves up wireless net access
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 10.05.02 - 10:41:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8411x
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McDonald's Serves up Wireless Net Access
Japanese customers will be able to connect at speeds up to 8 mbps as they eat their burgers and fries.

Softbank is planning to provide public Internet Protocol telephony services and wireless Internet access at McDonald's fast-food restaurants in Japan, using its Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line infrastructure, the two companies announced Tuesday. They aim to offer the IP telephony service in as many restaurants as possible in 10 cities where soccer World Cup games will be held, and will try to be ready by the opening of World Cup on May 31, says Yasuyuki Yagi, president and chief operating officer of McDonald's Japan. For the first six months, the public IP telephony service will be free of charge within Japan and to the U.S., says Masayoshi Son, president and chief executive officer of Softbank. Then, Softbank plans to charge $0.08 for four minutes, he says.

Holy cow, this is cool. As my kitchen is mostly at Mc Donald's (or Burger King - home of the Whopper ;-) I would like to see this in Germany too. Hm, maybe I have a good chance as the German Headquarter of Mc Donald's is here in Munich...
But anyway, I like to see, that more and more public hotspots are covered by public Wireless LANs; now it's a question of price and rollout planning's. However, it's a good start to see that after Starbuck's also Mc Donald's follow.

Cheers ~ Arne

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