European market leader in managed WiFi strengthens position as largest WiFi platform in Europe through merger
hotsplots GmbH and Wifirst Group join forces as the largest WiFi platform in Europe
Berlin/Paris, January 18, 2024 — HOTSPLOTS, the WiFi provider founded in 2004 by Dr. Ulrich Meier and Dr. Jörg Ontrup with over 17,500 HOTSPLOTS locations in Germany, will become part of the Wifirst Group with immediate effect. Both companies are thus strengthening their position, strategic orientation and advancing the Europe-wide expansion of services and network infrastructure. With Berlin-based hotsplots GmbH, the Europe-wide Wifirst Group is gaining an established and extremely successful technology and service partner for stationary and mobile WiFi hotspot solutions and is expanding its leading market position.
The merger of the two companies significantly strengthens their respective core businesses and serves as a catalyst for synergies and growth.
Marc Taieb, founder and CEO of Wifirst, emphasizes: “The merger of HOTSPLOTS and the Wifirst Group is a strategic move that will enable us to mutually strengthen our combined geographic footprint and open up further market segments in Europe. HOTSPLOTS’ specific expertise in embedded WLAN technology in particular will support us in this.”
Sascha Schaub, Managing Director of hotsplots GmbH, sees great opportunities for both companies in this transaction: “The fact that HOTSPLOTS is now working with the leading European provider of managed WiFi infrastructure fills us with pride and opens up new opportunities for us. By working with a team of more than 300 people across Europe, we can participate in major national and international tenders and projects and jointly expand the quality and scale of the services we offer.”
Wifirst, founded in 2002, is a B2B telecommunications provider specializing in the provision of managed WLAN infrastructures for companies. With more than 300 employees in 30 countries, the company is a pioneer of the “as a service” connectivity model.
Wifirst was identified as one of the 40 most promising French technology companies in 2023 by the French Ministry of the Economy and is officially one of the companies that can become world-class. Wifirst’s European expansion strategy has since been supported by the French Ministry of the Economy.
At the same time, the HOTSPLOTS brand has successfully established itself on the market with its modular technology platform and innovative WLAN solutions. The use of software developed in-house enables HOTSPLOTS to guarantee maximum flexibility with maximum data security and the best performance. In 2023, the company received a European patent for an optimized protocol and bandwidth management for the parallel use of different Internet connections.
The HOTSPLOTS brand and the 45-strong team will continue on their successful course, with hotsplots GmbH remaining headquartered in Berlin.
Contact information — Wifirst
+33 7 85 73 45 82
Contact information — HOTSPLOTS
+49 30 29 77 348–82
Wifirst is the european leader in managed WiFi for professionals. The operator deploys and operates high-performance, secure and sustainable “as a service” connectivity solutions. Its know-how and technologies appeal to IT decision-makers from the largest companies and public organizations (AccorHotels, Havas, The French Ministry of the Army, Norauto, The Ascott, etc.). Wifirst is present in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Germany and currently covers 29 countries. In 2023, Wifirst joins the Next40: a program from the Ministry of Economy which identifies the most promising companies of the french tech ecosystem. For more information: www.wifirst.com
About hotsplots GmbH
hotsplots GmbH has been operating as a WiFi provider since 2004. The more than 17,500 active hotspot locations in Europe include stationary hotspots in cities and communities, hotels, clinics, youth hostels, student dormitories and at public bus stops as well as a large number of mobile hotspots in trains, buses and trams for public transport and long-distance travel. The HOTSPLOTS WiFi solutions offer safety by means of VPN routing, intelligent bandwidth management, flexible access and reporting options. Customers from public transport and travel benefit from a fast vehicle-land connection at their mobile hotspots. HOTSPLOTS takes over the technical and legal operation of the networks, supplies Internet connections or SIM cards or also provides temporary WiFi hotspots for events. Further information can be found on the website: www.hotsplots.com.