Europe's leading wireless network operator, The Cloud, plans to make Copenhagen and Helsingør into wireless network areas together with at least ten other Danish and Swedish cities in the Øresund region this year. The wireless zones provide a number of services including enabling people to log onto the internet via their laptops, using the latest types of mobile phones on the net instead of the more expensive mobile phone network, and getting free tourist and traffic information.
Roald Sandén, head of The Cloud's Nordic operations, says: "During the second quarter, The Cloud will announce five to six more cities in the Nordic region with wireless coverage. We expect that at least 10 cities will join this year – but I am hoping for even more. Copenhagen is top priority – with Nyhavn and Strøget [city centre locations] as the central areas. We just need to find the right partner. Helsingør has shown an interest, but we don't yet have an agreement in place."
The Cloud is currently negotiating with five Swedish cities including Helsingborg. The focus is on cities with a population of more than 100,000. "With a wireless city net which covers the entire area, the municipality gains more efficient operation, and the city a modern infrastructure. The municipality can then get its information out free of charge and we get a commercial service established. It's a winning situation for everybody," says Sandén.
The Cloud currently has approx. 6,500 hotspots in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. The news was reported by national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.