Boingo Launches First Next Generation Hotspot at Chicago O’Hare
Passpoint-Enabled Network Available to Mobile Carriers and Handset
Manufacturers for Testing;
Next Generation Hotspot is Stepping Stone to Seamless Carrier Offload
CHICAGO -- September 5, 2013
Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider that serves
consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, today announced that the
company has launched the world’s first commercial Next Generation Hotspot
Wi-Fi network at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s
busiest airports with more than 67 million annual passengers.
The Passpoint-enabled network – “Boingo Passpoint” – allows for seamless
roaming and carrier offload, automating network identification, authentication
and encryption without user intervention. It is now live and available for
end-to-end testing by mobile carriers, Wi-Fi operators, and handset
manufacturers, especially those already participating in the Wireless
Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) Next Generation Hotspot trials.
“We believe that carrier offload will be an important growth driver for Boingo
and the Wi-Fi industry at large, especially as standards-based seamless
offload methods like this become more prevalent in market,” said David Hagan,
CEO of Boingo Wireless. “The sheer volume of users in high-volume,
high-traffic locations like O’Hare Airport creates data demand thresholds that
can tax traditional mobile networks; Wi-Fi offload via Passpoint creates
additional data capacity for carriers without forcing users to jump through
“This is a significant step forward for the WBA’s Next Generation Hotspots
vision becoming a commercial reality,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO for the
Wireless Broadband Alliance. “Moving from the technical trials to major public
hotspots provides more access to more members to test their implementations in
real world conditions and should help the industry bring this to market in
The WBA coordinates Wi-Fi operator trials to facilitate seamless Wi-Fi roaming
and offload based on several industry standards, as well as the WBA’s own
interoperability compliance standards. Boingo actively participates in those
trials and is WBA-certified as compliant with established interoperability
“Wi-Fi Alliance congratulates Boingo on launching its Passpoint-certified
network,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “We are
pleased to see service providers recognizing the benefits of Passpoint as an
essential component to meet the growing demand for seamless access to Wi-Fi
The Wi-Fi network at ORD uses equipment that has been Passpoint certified by
Wi-Fi Alliance. Passpoint-certified networks, based on the Wi-Fi Alliance
Hotspot 2.0 specification, allow users to benefit from seamless network
authentication even while roaming. Passpoint-certified mobile devices are able
to automatically discover and connect to the best available network, using the
latest in enterprise grade WPA2 security protection.
“In the last year, we’ve upgraded our largest networks with
Passpoint-certified hardware, and will continue to upgrade the balance of our
managed and operated Wi-Fi networks to ensure we can support seamless, secure
roaming network-wide,” added Hagan.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast
footprint of small cell networks covers more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi
locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as
varied as airports, stadiums, shopping malls, restaurants, universities, and
military bases. The Boingo platform is the only monetization engine of its
kind, driving revenue through carrier offload, advertising, location-based
data analytics, and consumer products like IPTV, high-speed broadband, and
Wi-Fi. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.
Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo
are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi,
Passpoint and WPA2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi
Alliance. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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and future guidance. Forward-looking statements are based on the company’s
current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and
other future conditions. Since forward-looking statements relate to the
future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in
circumstances that are difficult to predict. The company’s actual results may
differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those in the forward-looking statements include regional, national or global
political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions,
as well as other risk and uncertainties described more fully in documents
filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”),
including Boingo’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with
the SEC on March 18, 2013, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013
filed with the SEC on August 9, 2013. Any forward-looking statement made by
Boingo in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made.
Factors or events that could cause the company’s actual results to differ may
emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Boingo to predict all of
them. Boingo undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or
otherwise, except as may be required by law.
Boingo Wireless, Inc.
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