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Flying WWW - © could not let the year finish without returning to an issue that came up at the beginning of October involving the internet domain

The website was the official website of the Hessentag last year in Oberursel, and the blog had a number of links to the information contained on it.

To make sure that we do not link to websites that are not there, all of the links are regularly checked to make sure that they work.  So imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail at the beginning of October to tell me that the links to the Hessentag page were no longer valid! [Read more…]

September: Fibre Optic Internet for Oberursel

Hans-Georg Brum, Klaus Lenz and Karl Heinz Krug announcing fibre optic internet (Photo: Stadt Oberursel)

In September 2012 it was announced that Oberursel, along with Bad Homburg, had been selected by Deutsche Telekom to receive internet via fibre optic cables in 2013, meaning connection speeds of up to 200MBit/s for parts of the town.

The photo shows the mayor Oberursel, Hans-Georg Brum, with Klaus Lenz from  Deutsche Telekom and the mayor of Bad Homburg, Karl Heinz Krug.

High-speed Fibre-optic internet

Network Cables - © days of accessing the internet using an analogue (“dial-up”) modem or ISDN link are long gone for most parts of the Taunus region, with DSL (“broadband”) lines of at least 1MBit/s becoming the norm over the past 10 years and speeds in Oberursel of 25MBit/s available in some areas.

Now the town is preparing to enter the next phase of high-speed internet with the introduction of fibre-optic connections.

Current DSL works over the more traditional copper wires that have been used for telephone cables for over a hundred years, but this system suffers from the fact that the further away from the exchange you live, the slower the reliable line speed is.

This can be clearly demonstrated along the Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel where the line speed degrades from 25MBit/s at the Lahnstraße, near the telephone exchange, to 1MBit/s at the Hohemark, whereby this is only the speed to receive data, sending data is typically about 1/8 of that speed.

Fibre optic cables do not suffer from the same fate, and typically offer speeds of  up to 200MBit/s to receive data and 100MBit/s to send it.

So the announcement several months ago that parts of Oberursel’s town centre and the northern end would be upgraded to fibre optic lines caused a lot of excitement. [Read more…]

Sicher im Netz? Being safe on the internet

Debate - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / oneo2The library in Oberursel will be holding a talk called “Sicher im Netz” – how to be safe on the internet – for parents of primary school children on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at 7.30pm.

Beate Kremser, a media educationalist, is the guest speaker and will be answering parents’ questions.

Entry is free, but anyone interested is asked to register at the library in advance.

The library is located at one end of the market square in Oberursel, in the Eppsteinerstraße.

The nearest car parks are “Bleiche” and in the Holzweg. The nearest train station is Altstadt (U3).

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