Feeds

Swisscom buys Megabeam and WLAN AG

Pan-European WLAN plan

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

Swiss telecoms operator Swisscom today announced the acquisition of WLAN hotspot firms Megabeam and WLAN AG. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Swisscom has already launched wireless hot spot services in Switzerland through its subsidiary Swisscom Mobile AG, and plans to use the acquisitions to roll out a pan-European WLAN Service.

Under the agreements, Megabeam and WLAN AG are to be incorporated within a new organisation, called Swisscom Eurospot.

Public WLAN operator Megabeam has network rights at 14 major airports and over 100 business hotels across Europe.

Through its acquisitions, more than 400 hotspots (Hotels, Airports, Conference Centres, Train Stations etc.) are under contract to Swisscom and its subsidiaries. Of these, approximately 100 are currently operational. Together with the about 400 hotspots of its roaming partners, Swisscom Eurospot will offer service at over 800 hotspots. ®

Related Stories

Wireless Net startup plots 30K-ish UK hot spots in 2003
Megabeam rolls out Euro WLAN network

External Links

Swisscom's statement of intent

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.