RCR Wireless News interviews our President and CEO, Dave Hagan, on the evolutionary growth of Wi-Fi and how Boingo has stayed abreast of consumer demand, most notably in the mobile space.
Here are the highlights of the article:
- The uptake of Wi-Fi services received a significant boost when chip giant Intel Corp. began pushing laptop chipset with embedded Wi-Fi connectivity. This lead to a proliferation of hot spots in public places where people could use their laptops like airports and restaurants.
- Over the past several years, Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices have become the driving force behind public Wi-Fi adoption.
- “I think we are past those friend or foe days,” Hagan said. “Most carriers realize and understand that consumers are increasing their data usage on smart phones and are looking at ways to offload some of that traffic.”
- Most public Wi-Fi deployments depend on either a customer pay model in which the user pays for each session, or a venue pay model where a location offers free Wi-Fi connectivity to customers. “There is really no such thing as free Wi-Fi,” Hagan explained. “It’s just a matter of cost shifting.”
Read the rest of the article here.