Hotspot Hamburg: Germany’s biggest non-commercial WLAN project

What could be more appealing to Wi-Fi freaks in Hamburg than free wireless Internet access on the banks of the lovely Alster or in a variety of cafes and restaurants including the Alster Pavilion Alex and the Sushi Factory Bar?

What could be more appealing to Wi-Fi freaks in Hamburg than free wireless Internet access on the banks of the lovely Alster or in a variety of cafes and restaurants including the Alster Pavilion Alex and the Sushi Factory Bar?

Hotspot Hamburg calls itself Germany’s biggest non-commercial WLAN. It is the centerpiece of the Hamburg – Always On program, which is run by Hamburg@work, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Datenlotsen Information Systems and Siggelkow Computers. Hamburg@work is the city’s initiative for new media, IT and telecommunications.

According to the Hamburg@work, it is the most comprehensive free WLAN at the municipal level. There are about 41 hotspots today with more planned for 2003. Recently, Hotspot Hamburg added the luxurious Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten to its network. Guests and visitors can now enjoy free wireless access to the Internet in all of the hotel’s rooms, in the lobby, convention areas, and the Indochine Bar.

How does Hotspot Hamburg work? Locations such as restaurants, cafes, libraries and hotels receive the necessary hardware and software for free from the sponsors. The locations pay the ongoing volume-based charges for the T-DSL line which start at 50 Euros per month including 5 gigabytes of data volume. Each location has a special HOTSPOT HAMBURG logo indicating its participation in the network.

The sponsors finance the hardware, installation, service and support for the individual WLANs and in return receive exclusive advertising space in the welcome screens, marketing materials and online sites.

If you are traveling to Hamburg and want wireless access, make sure you look for the Hotspot Hamburg locations first before going to locations that make you pay for access.

Click here to view the list of Hotspot Hamburg locations that offer free Wi-Fi access.