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We had quite the year here at Boingo. We introduced new technology, won awards, hosted events and had fun doing it! I wish we had room to mention them all, but here are just a handful of the many milestones we passed along the road to 2016.

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Boingo Named A Best Place to Work in Los Angeles


Yesterday we learned Boingo has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Best Companies Group. While it’s always gratifying to win awards, this one is particularly meaningful, because it’s an awesome tip of the hat to something we put a lot of effort into—making Boingo a place where people really want to work. A place where people feel rewarded, valued, and empowered.

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Life as a Boingo Intern: Part 1


This guest post is authored by Jeremy Mintz, Boingo’s summer marketing intern and Junior at Tulane University. It’s true. As the intern, I’m the low man on the totem pole. But don’t let that fool you. In just my third week at Boingo, I feel just as valued as any other employee. From the first day of work I have felt welcomed and wanted. Everybody was quick to let me know that if I needed anything, they were there to help.

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The Spirit of Boingo


According to the corporate consulting firm Bain, winning cultures combine two key elements—high performance values and behaviors + unique personality and soul. We know we have both. From the founding of the company in 2001, culture came first at Boingo. We built our culture as thoroughly as we built our Wi-Fi network. We consciously built a company where people wanted to work and people would succeed.

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Mobile Data Offload: A Paradigm Shift in Mobile Networks


This guest post is authored by Scott Phillips, Boingo’s Vice President of Airports. Just a few months ago, in April 2015, Boingo announced the industry’s first major cellular carrier offload agreement with Sprint. Our strategic partnership enables the tier one carrier to seamlessly offload cellular traffic from up to 40 million Sprint handsets onto Boingo’s Wi-Fi networks at designated locations, starting at 35 U.S. airports.

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The Endless Journey: How To Build A Great Company


Four years ago, I had the great privilege of standing alongside an amazing leadership team in New York City as Boingo rang the NASDAQ opening bell in celebration of going public. As anyone involved in a venture-backed business will tell you, the road from start-up to IPO is incredibly difficult. In fact, only 5% of VC-backed companies ever go public. So the fact that Boingo succeeded where so many others have failed was not simply the result of a great idea, good timing, sound leadership and patient investors. It included plenty of luck, too. And believe me, every one of us who had a hand in Boingo’s journey from start-up to IPO felt very lucky that day. But in many ways, it was a day like any other. That’s because – as I shared with our team many times – “going public” was never Boingo’s ultimate goal. It was just one more step in the ongoing journey of building a great company. That’s really important. Because if we felt we’d “arrived” on May 3, 2011, then we wouldn’t have been prepared to take on the significant headwinds that blew our way not long after going public. Boingo was built on

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Boingo Gives Back at Phoenix’s Metro Tech High School


Boingo recently collaborated with our partners at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) to support promising high-school students in the Phoenix area. Boingo awarded scholarships to several outstanding students at Metro Tech High School, a magnet high school with superior attendance and graduation rates. In recognition of their exceptional academic performance in technical career programs, the following students each received a $500 scholarship: Game and Mobile App Programming: David Hernandez Haro, Andres Lamas Martinez, Jorge Alvarez Valencia Engineering: Jesus Yanez In addition to the Metro Tech High School program, Boingo also recently awarded $2,000 in scholarships to Phoenix’s New Pathways for Youth and South Mountain High School. We’re proud to invest in tomorrow’s technology leaders, and honored to take part in Phoenix Sky Harbor’s community outreach work. Congrats to all of the scholarship recipients!

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Boingo Media’s Secret Sauce Ingredient Revealed


Recently ad tech company Brightroll produced their annual Agency Survey, to highlight current advertising trends. You know what’s awesome? Boingo Media, the world’s largest Wi-Fi advertising platform, is in lock-step with several of the survey’s key takeaways:

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Transforming Airport Networks with Virtualization


We’re thrilled to share some groundbreaking developments impacting airport IT. This article explains how airports are using virtualization, including network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) to keep pace with changing network requirements and customer demands.
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A Big Day at Boingo


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

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Hello, Project Fi: Google Launches Cell Phone Service Featuring Wi-Fi


It’s an exciting day to be in Wi-Fi! Today, Google announced Project Fi, a new wireless service that will mix traditional cellular service (provided by Sprint and T-Mobile) with Wi-Fi service (free and open public hotspots). “Wherever you’re connected to Wi-Fi — whether that’s at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave — you can talk and text like you normally do,” wrote Nick Fox, Google’s vice president of communications products, in a blog post. “If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat.” Google’s move into a Wi-Fi based wireless service helps prove once again that the “Wi-Fi First” world is a reality. There is now more mobile data traffic on Wi-Fi than cellular, and that is expected to accelerate over the next several years. Wi-Fi First products that were being led by start-ups like Republic Wireless and FreedomPop are now amplified by heavyweights such as Cablevision and T-Mobile. With Google and Project Fi jumping in to the mix, it is clear that the separation of cellular and Wi-Fi is now gone. By enabling seamless connectivity between cellular and Wi-Fi – like