You need two things to open a successful internet café : lots of people traffic, and the right sort of people traffic. Many offer private rooms with comfortable, reclining chairs, places for people to escape from the bustling city and crowded homes and relax, complete with computers with high-speed Internet access, libraries of comic books and DVDs, TVs, shower facilities, food, drink and other amenities.
An example of such a country is Germany The cause of this development is a combination of complicated regulation, relatively high Internet penetration rates, the widespread use of notebooks, tablets and smartphones and the relatively high number of wireless internet hotspots Many pubs, bars and cafés in Germany offer wireless internet, but no terminals since the Internet café regulations do not apply if no terminal is offered.
If you do the math, it doesn’t take an economic background to realise that the business of selling phone and internet connection minutes in small shops that have, on average, two or three phone booths and 5 or 6 computers, can only be profitable if the computers were stolen, the taxes are not being paid, and the employees are either underpaid or not paid at all.
These kinds of stories – whether they’re nonfiction or fiction – where internet cafés turn out to be places from another world, rough or exciting (depending on how you interpret their connection to half-legal or criminal businesses), instead of being merely artefacts of the 90s — certainly appeal to the imagination of the kind of people who have no whatsoever need to use internet cafés.
Charming façades with hand-painted signs, improvised workstations, strange combinations of high technology and traditional cuisine – such as Internet & Tacos in Mexico, which seems to have been photographed by every tourist who has ever passed by – show up in tourist photos alongside idyllic sunsets, old town streets and other sights.