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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

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What IS Boingo, Anyway?


I have a confession to make. I like to chat it up. So when I was vacationing with my family last week in Washington DC and someone struck up a conversation, I didn’t shy away. While I was standing in a restaurant waiting for a table, I was mistaken for a grad student as there happened to be an MBA mixer going on that evening. Even though my cover was quickly blown when my 9 year old asked me when we were going to be seated (again), the student and I kept talking. He asked me about what it was like to be a “grown up” and about my line of work. After I convinced him to never grow up, I told him about my career in marketing and about Boingo. He said Boingo sounded familiar, so I took this golden opportunity to evangelize! I asked him what he knew about Boingo and he said, “Is it Wi-Fi in airports?” That’s usually the response most people give – and for good reason. Boingo operates the Wi-Fi network at more than 70 major airports worldwide. In fact, 60% of all North American passenger traffic goes through an airport where Boingo runs

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Culture and Tech Blended


The 2015 SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin, TX has come to a close. For those cave dwellers out there who may not have heard, SXSW (meaning “South by Southwest”) is a series of interactive meetings and events focused on emerging technologies, film and musical entertainment. Over the last couple of weeks, attendees have been treated to presentations and exhibits with topics ranging from new media and entertainment, to advancements in wearable devices and health monitoring tech. Basically, it’s the only place on earth where it would make sense to find Snoop Dogg mixing with robots. This year, the focus was heavily centered around wearable technology and Artificial Intelligence. There was even a debate as to whether advances in AI could be too much of a good thing. Before we tell you our favorite from the event, here are some of the major topics covered at SXSW 2015: It’s All About the Self:  Live streaming apps: Meerkat, Periscope, Teleparty and Stre.am were all big hits. It’s all about taking the selfie to the next level with streaming video. Also featured: Selfie sticks, GIF photo booths, and a bunch of people roaming around taking pictures of themselves. Robotics: Prosthetics: Advances in robotics have made way for prosthetics with almost fully functional

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How Passpoint Changes the Game


Like many parents with school-age kids, you’ll find me most weekends at a neighborhood park or in the bleachers rooting for my son’s teams. Last week I was at my older son’s lacrosse game (go Sea Hawks!) with my younger son in tow. The little guy isn’t exactly the biggest lacrosse fan, but as luck would have it, there was a Time Warner Cable Passpoint Wi-Fi signal at the park, so he was able to get online with his tablet to pass the time. Thanks to a roaming agreement with Time Warner Cable, Boingo subscribers can now access more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots just like the one at the park – absolutely free. And because it was Passpoint-enabled, my son got connected automatically, without the need for a login password or special software. Passpoint is to Wi-Fi what peanut butter is to jelly. Quite simply, Passpoint is new technology that streamlines the process of getting online. No more searching for a signal or fumbling with login screens. Passpoint does all that work for you. It finds and connects to Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi signals automatically. What’s more, Passpoint offers built-in security, which protects you on open Wi-Fi signals. And it delivers speeds

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Launching Passpoint Connectivity Deep in the Heart of Texas


Austin Bergstrom-International Airport has always been a tech trailblazer. This year they became one of the first airports in the world to offer seamless, secure Wi-Fi through Boingo’s Passpoint Secure network. Read on for more details, and to check out our case study video! Continue reading

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Boingo Expands Services in Brazil with Launch of RIOgaleão Airport Wi-Fi


Sports fans, carnaval revelers and business travelers – we’ve got some good news for you. Boingo recently launched Wi-Fi services at RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG), the 2nd biggest airport in Brazil and the main airport serving Rio, an increasingly popular international tourist and business destination. Travelers can enjoy 30 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected to their loved ones and post their favorite carnaval and soccer stadium selfies on social media. Need more bandwidth? No problem! Boingo offers premium access options for those needing higher capacity connections. RIOgaleão Airport joins GRU Airport – São Paulo International Airport (GRU) in offering Boingo Wi-Fi to travelers in Brazil. First established more than 50 years ago, RIOgaleão is one of the busiest airports in the country. Recently, RIOgaleão Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger traffic, serving a total of approximately 17.1 million passengers in 2013. Boingo ensures that each and every one of the people flying into or out of the airport can stay connected to business, family and friends via our reliable, flexible Wi-Fi services. With Rio de Janeiro hosting the official global summer sporting event of 2016, Boingo has fans covered at RIOgaleão. So grab

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University of Houston Cougars Football Fans Get Connected with Boingo


Just in time for college football season, Boingo brings Wi-Fi to areas of the new University of Houston TDECU Stadium! Continue reading

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Boingo Nominated for WBA Wi-Fi Industry Award!


Boingo nominated for “Best Next Generation Hotspot Initiative” for launch of the world’s first Passpoint networks in consumer venues. Continue reading

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Boingo Wireless to Discuss the Evolution of Carrier Wi-Fi at Wi-Fi Offload Summit


Boingo’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Derek Peterson and Jon Landa, Boingo Media vice president, will present at the Wi-Fi Offload Summit, the preeminent global carrier Wi-Fi event this week. Dr. Peterson will discuss the “Next Steps in the Carrier Wi-Fi Movement,” while Jon Landa will discuss “Monetizing Carrier Wi-Fi with Advertising.”

The Wi-Fi Offload Summit will be held June 18-19, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. Continue reading

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Boingo Adds 32,000+ Hotspots to U.S. Wi-Fi Network via Time Warner Cable


Great news for Boingo subscribers, As You Go users and roaming partners! Users can now access Time Warner Cable’s more than 32,000 hotspots throughout the U.S. Access is currently available only through the Boingo Wi-Finder app. Read on for details on connecting to TWCWiFi hotspots near you. Continue reading

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Boingo a Leading Lights Awards Finalist for Hotspot 2.0 Network Launch


Boingo is thrilled to announce that we’re a finalist for the prestigious Leading Lights awards in the category of “Most Innovative Carrier Wi-Fi Deployment.” We’re also pleased to announce that our CTO, Dr. Derek Peterson, will be a featured panelist at Light Reading’s first ever Big Telecom Event in Chicago on June 17. Read on for all of the details! Continue reading