Boingo aims to increase airport WiFi speeds with its new service

By midian182
Dec 22, 2015
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  1. While a lot of airports offer WiFi, most of the time it’s not exactly speedy. But now, Boingo Wireless is hoping to change this, as the company has announced a tiered system that lets airport passengers access its new WiFi network that has speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to 50 Mbs.

    The new, faster speeds are part of Boingo’s innovative SMART network, which is an acronym for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-Driven, Responsive and Tiered. At the bottom of the tier is the free WiFi service, which offers minimum speeds of 5 Mbps.

    The paid-for tiers range from $6.95 to $7.95 per 24-hour period, and the monthly plans start from $9.99 per month for frequent travelers. These paid options offer speeds of 20 Mbps all the way up to 50 Mbps. All Boingo subscribers, including those enrolled in the American Express Preferred Plan, will automatically receive the highest tier of speed when they log in.

    At the moment, the service is limited to a handful of airports, but the company says additional locations will be launching soon. You can use Boingo’s speedy WiFi at Baltimore/Washington International; Logan International in Boston; Midway International and O'Hare International in Chicago; John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia International in New York City; and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.

    “Our SMART networks represent a revolutionary new approach to airport wireless networks. They provide a complete end-to-end solution to airports and their customers, including high-speed, free Wi-Fi for all, and incredibly fast Wi-Fi for power users. SMART networks are built to scale for carrier offload and the data onslaught from the hottest new apps, videos and gaming, and feature seamless connectivity via Passpoint,” said Boingo President Nick Hulse.

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