19 May 2005
Together with the Swiss Federal Train (SBB), Swisscom Mobile has already equipped six Railcity stations and 13 other train stations* to function as PWLAN hotspots. Broadband coverage now extends to platforms, ticket counter and waiting room areas as well as restaurants and shops. Users can surf the Internet, send and receive e-mails or securely access their company's network from any of these locations. As part of an ongoing programme, PWLAN coverage is being expanded at Swiss train stations and another twelve will be equipped by the end of June 2005, bringing to 31 the number of SBB train stations with coverage provided by around 400 access points. Joint use of the PWLAN infrastructure is also available to other Swiss WLAN providers.
PWLAN offers transmission speeds of around 2 MBit/s and a laptop or pocket PC with a WLAN card is required to access the hotspots. Surfing via PWLAN within Switzerland costs CHF 0.30 per minute for the first two hours of each month in conjunction with any NATEL® subscription from Swisscom Mobile, and after that just CHF 0.08 per minute. Users of Mobile Unlimited can enjoy nearly unlimited surfing, irrespective of the network technology used, at the especially low flat monthly rate of CHF 79.00 (up to a specific data volume in GB with Data Option 1000). Beginning in August, this attractive flat rate will be available for all Swisscom Mobile NATEL® subscriptions. PWLAN users who do not have a Swisscom Mobile subscription can purchase prepaid cards (called Value Cards) or pay for services via credit card.
Swisscom Mobile currently operates around 800 PWLAN hotspots with more than 8,600 access points throughout Switzerland. Around 1,000 hotspots will be available by the end of 2005.
Aarau, Baden, Basel SBB, Berne, Bellinzona, Biel/Bienne*, Brig*, Brugg, Chur*, Fribourg*, Geneva, Geneva Airport*, Lausanne*, Locarno, Lugano, Lucerne, Neuchâtel*, Olten, Rapperswil*, Schaffhausen, Sion*, Solothurn*, St. Gallen*, Thun*, Wil SG, Winterthur, Zug, Zurich Enge, Zurich HB, Zurich Oerlikon, Zurich Stadelhofen.
* Hotspot planned
Berne, 19 May 2005