Since February 2011 free broadband Internet has been available in the entire town centre of Lienz. This means that Lienz will be the first district capital in Tyrol to provide such a service free of charge to all locals and visitors.
A powerful tool for the tourist industry
Those who will benefit most short term will be the foreign visitors to Lienz who own a new smartphone. Anyone who used an iPhone or similar handheld device to access mobile services had to pay high roaming fees. With our free WLAN (wifi) these charges are now a thing of the past.
A lot of tourists these days book only hotels which provide free wireless LAN (wifi). The entire town centre of Lienz now provides that.
Examples for use:
A cycling guest from Italy would like to see where exactly he is and find out the route to Aguntum so he consults the Google map on his mobile phone.
A German tourist would like to read his business emails, some of which have photos or files attached. Previously an expensive undertaking – now totally free of charge.
Looking up the train timetable (ÖBB) on your mobile and purchasing a ticket, finding out the opening times of the mountain restaurants via the Net, booking a room, in fact, getting answers to all tourist queries on your mobile. All that was very expensive for people from abroad, but is now free.
All the uses listed here are merely the tip of the iceberg when one considers the future indispensable possibilities of the state-of-the-art high performance network that Lienz has: citizen service, comprehensive and completely new online advertising for local shops and businesses, to mention just a few.
In order to develop modern online services and to support young firms that provide these services it is necessary to have an up-to-date infrastructure. The Lienz WLAN is the first major step in this direction.
Downloading music or video calling using the very popular Skype program. These processes require broadband Internet in order to work properly – fast surfing with your handheld is now free with Lienz WLAN.
Everyone is on Facebook. Updating your account, uploading photos or a video clip – all that will be simple, fast and, above all, free in future in the town centre. That makes the town attractive for the young.
Young people also use the Internet to gather information for school essays for example or to do research for talks, using Wikipedia or Google’s search machine.