Category Archives: Technology

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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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We Just Did Something S.M.A.R.T.!


When you’re traveling, it’s always nice to have a little piece of home with you. Well, we’ve got just the thing, because Boingo’s fastest tier delivers speeds faster than the average home broadband experience! The average broadband connection speed in the United States is 12.6Mbps, while we offer new blazing-fast speeds of up to 20 Mbps for power users and subscribers. In the latter half of December, over 5.8 million travelers will by flying home or away, and we’re here to connect them (and hopefully you)! These new faster speeds are part of Boingo’s S.M.A.R.T. network approach, which stands for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-Driven, Responsive and Tiered. Each location has its own unique network, and continually self-regulates its performance to serve customers based on their current needs. Now that’s innovative. One of the best parts of S.M.A.R.T. is you have choices. Power users who need their airport Wi-Fi to function like an extension of their home or office environment can choose from several paid options, including speeds of 20Mbps – bursting to 50Mbps. All Boingo subscribers, including those enrolled in the American Express Preferred Plan, will automatically receive the highest tier of speed when they log in. How’s that for white glove service? So, whether you’re

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Travelers Turn to Airports for Mobile Travel information


This guest post is authored by Scott Phillips, Boingo’s Vice President of Airports. Airports are prioritizing improving the passenger experience, and there’s a specific trend that is prompting airports to re-evaluate communication strategies and initiatives with passengers.

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Life as a Boingo Intern: Part 4


This guest post is authored by Jeremy Mintz, Boingo’s summer marketing intern and Junior at Tulane University. To tell you the truth, I was a little worried. Never have I taken on responsibility like this before. But while I write in sadness as my internship comes to a close, I am happy to report that I have truly come a long way. I have learned so much this summer at Boingo, not only about marketing and the workplace in general, but about myself. Aside from individual projects and assignments that I’ve gained tremendous experience from, perhaps the most captivating part has been witnessing how the business comes together through meticulous collaboration and teamwork. A prime example of this was the Hackathon, a marathon style event that saw engineers team up with marketers and HR specialists join forces with finance gurus in an attempt to create an idea that could catapult the business forward. I was able to be a part of it by acting as an ambassador, along with Spencer Johnson, with whom I forged a friendship throughout the event that kept us at the office well beyond normal work hours. Although I did not contribute to a team, I

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Seamless, Secure Passpoint Connectivity Now Available for Windows 10


Windows device users, rejoice! Available today, the new Windows 10 OS will make connecting to Wi-Fi simple, secure and seamless through support of the revolutionary Passpoint Wi-Fi protocols. For those who haven’t gotten the Passpoint 411, this new technology has the power to connect users with enabled devices to Wi-Fi networks with no user action required. Passpoint finds and connects to Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi signals automatically. No more trying to find a signal, and login screens are a thing of the past.

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Smartphones Outrank Deodorant on Vacation


This guest post is authored by Scott Phillips, Boingo’s Vice President of Airports. When it comes to packing for vacation, which items are on your can’t-leave-home-without list? Would it surprise you to learn that Americans ranked smartphones as the most important travel item after passports?

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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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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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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