Roaming Agreement Also Includes 28 Future Airport Locations; Additions Expand Boingo(R) Roaming System to 169 Airport Locations Worldwide
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Boingo Wireless, a leading Wi-Fi service provider for business travelers, today announced a roaming agreement with Opti-Fi Networks(SM) that adds wireless networks at 30 North American airports served by Opti-Fi to the Boingo(R) Roaming System.
The agreement enables Boingo subscribers to gain high-speed wireless access at all of Opti-Fi’s U.S. and Canadian airport locations, including Albany, NY, International Airport; Edmonton, Alberta, International Airport; Hamilton, Ontario, International Airport; Jackson Hole, WY, Airport, and many others from coast to coast. It also includes access at Airtran Airways gates at many major airports including Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport; Baltimore-Washington International Airport; Chicago Midway Airport; and Miami International Airport. Plans call for the roaming partnership to expand to an additional 28 airports in the near future.
Airports are key locations for traveling Wi-Fi users. This agreement expands the number of airports in the Boingo Roaming System to 93 airports in North America and 169 airports worldwide. Boingo is the leading Wi-Fi aggregator providing wireless Internet access at more than 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide.
“Airports are high-value locations because they are such natural and convenient locations for Wi-Fi usage, which makes adding as many airports as possible to the Boingo network a key strategy in our network development,” said Colby Goff, senior vice president of network strategy for Boingo. “Partnering with top-tier providers such as Opti-Fi enables us to fulfill this objective with high-quality networks.”
“Boingo is a premier global Wi-Fi company, and we are excited to be partnering with such a leader and innovator in the wireless market,” said Roland Muse, Opti-Fi’s chief executive officer. “As we strive to meet the demands of the airport market, we will continue to deliver enhanced connectivity and convenience to Boingo’s customers.”
The Opti-Fi business model allows airports to keep control of their local wireless spectrum while permitting selective access to outside network service providers. Opti-Fi’s ManageAir(TM) and ManageAir Lite(TM) systems stand alone in delivering a Service Level Agreement (SLA)-quality network with unmatched security and reliability for both public and private WLAN users from anywhere in the airport.
Boingo gives business travelers the best choice of Wi-Fi hot spots by combining the locations of over 100 leading Wi-Fi operators into one worldwide network, thus allowing the user to roam onto any of these locations with a single subscription using Boingo’s free Wi-Fi client software.
Boingo also partners with service providers to allow their users to access these hot spots through its Boingo Platform Services program. The program provides partners with a full suite of back-office billing, roaming, mediation and clearinghouse services to allow them to offer their own Wi-Fi service quickly and cost effectively. To date, the company has announced Platform Services partnerships with BT Infonet, Earthlink, Fiberlink, Nextel Communications, MCI, and Telecom Italia.
About Opti-Fi Networks
Opti-Fi Networks, Ltd., a company formed by ARINC Incorporated, the founders of Airpath Wireless, Inc., and Parsons Corporation, provides managed, shared Wireless Fidelity (“Wi-Fi”) access for airports and other public venues. Opti-Fi is the only company that offers complete, managed public and private broadband Wi-Fi communications access to meet the needs of the airport operator, air carriers, on-site concessionaires and services, as well as the traveling public. For more information, visit the Opti-Fi web site at www.opti-fi.com.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is an ultra-high-speed wireless Internet service available in thousands of locations such as hotels, airports, cafes and other public places in dozens of countries throughout the world. Both directly and through major carrier and ISP partners, Boingo provides business travelers with a wireless broadband Internet connection to improve productivity while on the road. Through its Wi-Fi software and Roaming System, Boingo makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple and secure. More information about Boingo is available at http://www.boingo.com/.
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