«Free Wifi Berlin» to be offered permanently

«Free Wifi Berlin» to be offered permanently

The wifi hotspots of the municipal network "Free Wifi Berlin" are to be maintained permanently.

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Publication date: January 14, 2022
Last updated: January 14, 2022

Pilot project ended in 2021

This was announced by the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) on Thursday (Jan. 13, 2022) in the House of Representatives. According to Giffey, the five-year pilot project, which offered around 2,000 wifi hotspots at 500 locations in Berlin, initially ended at the end of 2021. However, Giffey stated: "We are working on a relaunch of the project and want to make it a regular operation as quickly as possible." Since many people have used the service and it is important for the attractiveness of the city, the Senate has "an interest in extending it", according to Giffey.

Transitional solution currently in progress

According to Giffey, an automatic extension after the end of the pilot phase was not possible because of procurement laws. Transitional solutions are currently being developed so that at least a part of the hotspots can be used again. For multiple location, such a solution is already being put in place, Giffey said. For the second half of the year, she then held out the prospect of creating the necessary conditions for regular operation. One option is for "Free Wifi Berlin" to be operated by a private provider and by the state-owned IT Service Center Berlin.
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