Aarhus is Europe's 1st city to offer free wireless internet access in city centre  

Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Redspot and Tiscali among backers of free wireless internet initiative

Aarhus (Denmark's second largest city on the East Jutland coast) has become the first city in Europe to offer free wireless internet access within its city centre. A number of companies have initiated the idea including Hewlett-Packard and Redspot. Aarhus City Council, the internet supplier Tiscali and the chip manufacturer Intel are also supporting the project. Laurits Mathias Bach Sørensen from HP Netværk says that business people now can check their e-mail in restaurants and students can surf the net in cafés, without wires and without charge.

HP has donated all the network products while the Aarhus-based company Redspot has installed and administers the access points. During the first two months newly registered users will enjoy a very high speed 2.3 MB internet connection. After that the free access corresponds to standard modem speed, which is still over 8 times faster than connecting a laptop or handheld PC to the internet via a mobile telephone. The news is reported by daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten and on Yahoo’s website.

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