STOCKHOLM — This week, Copenhagen Airports is opening its wireless local area network (WLAN) to the public. Named CPH-WIZ (Copenhagen Wireless Internet Zone), the network will provide coverage for large portions of the transit hall. Through a new business concept from Aptilo Networks, Copenhagen Airports can offer travelers Internet access at significantly lower cost than previously possible. Initially, the network will be open to everyone with a WLAN card for their portable PC or PDA, but network access via Bluetooth will be available soon.
The network has an initial capacity of about one hundred simultaneous users and can be easily expanded. For users, costs will be only a fraction of those currently charged for other public networks. Payment will be made using an ordinary credit or banking card, meaning that no pre-paid subscriptions are required. During October, airline passengers may try out the new network free of charge.
CPH-WIZ is an example of a completely new business concept for wireless local networks being offered by Aptilo. The network owner’s investment is modest and the risk low. Traffic is handled by the airport’s regular Internet service provider, and the existing LAN already installed on the premises is used for access. Aptilo will operate the network remotely over the Internet using its Mobile Access Server and take responsibility for logins, payments, etc. This solution allows even relatively small companies and organizations to offer wireless Internet on their premises.
“With over 50,000 passengers per day, we have many visitors who previously lacked the ability to access the Internet simply and inexpensively. Given that most users are foreign visitors, solving this problem with operator-specific subscriptions has been difficult. With Aptilo’s solution, we can satisfy the needs of our customers, while creating a new source of revenues in a very easy manner,” says Henrik Bjørner Søe, e-business director, Copenhagen Airports.
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks develops and provides system solutions to operators of unlicensed wireless networks, such as WLAN (802.11) and Bluetooth, and provide hot-spot services to local area owners. The company is Stockholm-based, with a regional office for Asia-Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aptilo was founded as a spin off from the Mobile Internet division of Axis Communications. Aptilo’s suite of solutions offers operators a convenient and effective way to integrate access points in an advanced wireless public hot spot environments. It enables payment via service subscription, credit cards, by integration with mobile operators to pay with mobile phone subscriptions and also other payment enablers such as iPASS/GRIC and other customer bases. More information about Aptilo Networks can be found at www.aptilo.com.
Jan Sjönell, VP Sales
Tel: +60 123 776 775
Henrik Björner Söe, Director E-business
Tel: + 45 32 31 29 01