It’s a big day at Boingo!
The office is buzzing today. For a lot of reasons.
We started the day with the announcement of our multi-year agreement with Sprint. This relationship will bring blazing-fast connectivity to millions of Sprint customers through “Wi-Fi offload.” As pioneers in the Wi-Fi space, carrier Wi-Fi offload is a promise we’ve been working toward for years, and that day is finally here.
As more and more consumers have more and more mobile devices that consume more and more bandwidth, the pressure on cellular networks intensifies. By offloading mobile traffic to unlicensed spectrum – in this case, carrier-grade Boingo hotspots – forward-thinking carriers like Sprint will deliver a better mobile experience to their customers.
Here’s how it works: Sprint devices within proximity of a Boingo hotspot will automatically connect to our Wi-Fi network, seamlessly and securely. It will be invisible to the consumer – there is nothing she needs to do – no software to download, no passwords to remember, no hoops to jump through. It just happens.
As Sprint’s CTO Stephen Bye said, “By enabling our customers to move seamlessly between secure Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering the cost of data usage.”
With today’s news, Sprint has clearly demonstrated its market leadership with the integration of Wi-Fi and cellular – a very customer centric solution to provide an always-best-connected experience through either network. We’re excited by their leadership and delighted to be working with them on this initiative.
This is big and exciting news for sure. But there’s more.
Today we also celebrate the “official” opening of our new Boingo headquarters with an Open House for friends, families, colleagues and business partners. We will be toasting all our good news. Cheers to a Wi-Fi enabled world!