Only 39 percent of Internet users in Germany go online via WLAN outside their home, according to a survey by IT association Bitkom, reports Telecompaper.com on June 18, 2015. Among smartphone users, 45 percent use public WLAN, and 80 percent use mobile Internet via UMTS or LTE. One of the reasons for the low use rate is the restrictive liability regulations for potential hotspot providers, in cafes or restaurants for instance. This results in poor availability as well as complicated registration processes; 35 percent of the respondents think that the registration for public WLAN hotspots is too complicated.
According to Bitkom's general manager, Bernhard Rohleder, it should be enough to accept the terms and conditions to log on to a public network. The study showed that hotels are the most popular place for the use of public WLAN at 88 percent, followed by cafes and restaurants (77 percent), friends' houses (76 percent), public transport (49 percent), airports and train stations (41 percent), public buildings such as universities or libraries (40 percent), and leisure centers (36 percent).