Dortmund | 1. December 2015
More than 600 refugees will soon receive shelter at two airdomes in Stadtkrone Ost, Dortmund, which is located close to DOKOM21 and adesso. “The people are safe now, but many of them worry about their family and friends in Syria or Iraq. Together with adesso AG, we will provide free WLAN so that the new arrivals housed in the shelter may contact their loved ones at home at any time,” explains Jörg Figura, managing director of DOKOM21. For this purpose, the regional telecommunications service provider is installing two hotspots to guarantee quick and stable Internet access. DOKOM21 is financing the connection and the investment required to install the WLAN network. According to the city building authorities, the construction works are proceeding according to schedule and the first refugees should be able to move in by mid-December.
IT service provider adesso is assuming the costs for the infrastructure and ongoing operation of the WLAN network. “Helping these people is important to us. This step allows the refugees to use the Internet with ease at all times. We will provide the access page in both German and English,” says Christoph Junge, member of the Executive Board of adesso AG. Andreas Prenneis, also a member of adesso’s Executive Board, added: “We will also help refugees in other areas. From the beginning of next year, we will offer language courses at our premises and sponsor the required learning materials.”
DOKOM21 has already installed hotspots in other refugee centres at short notice in the past few weeks. Residents of the initial reception points “An der Buschmühle” and the Wellinghofen youth centre receive free WLAN thanks to this support.
The services of DOKOM21 extend from telephone connections, Internet access to Voice-over-IP solutions and fixed network connections for branch networks as well as cable TV and mobile communication. Its range of services also includes online data protection and data centre services as well as multi-media services for the housing sector. The connection area comprises Dortmund and the towns of Hagen, Herdecke, Holzwickede and Unna as well as Halver, Iserlohn, Kierspe, Lüdenscheid, Meinerzhagen, Menden and Schalksmühle in the Märkischer Kreis region.