BOINGO WIRELESS ROAMS TO REGIONAL AIRPORTS WITH AIRPORT NETWORK SOLUTIONS
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – March 23rd, 2004 –
Boingo Wireless today announced a roaming agreement with Airport Network Solutions, a subsidiary of ICOA Inc. (OTCBB:ICOA), adding ANS’ Wi-Fi deployments in regional U.S. airports to the Boingo™ Roaming System.
ANS networks at Sacramento International Airport (CA) and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (GA) will join the Boingo Roaming System soon and will be followed shortly by Baton Rouge Airport (LA). Together, these airports service over 11 million passengers annually.
The success of ANS in deploying networks at smaller “origination and destination” airports, those with between 2.5 million and 10 million passengers, reflects the increased acceptance and demand for Wi-Fi services by business travelers.
“Wi-Fi services are not just for the biggest airports any more — business travelers now expect Wi-Fi in all airports they visit. As equipment costs decrease and user demand increases, all airports can deploy profitable high-quality networks that their visitors will come to rely on,” said Dave Hagan, Boingo president and COO. “ANS is well positioned to leverage this trend toward everywhere Wi-Fi access and we look forward to working with them as they grow.”
ANS is a neutral-host provider that partners with airports to design, install, operate, maintain, and manage facility-wide public Wi-Fi networks. The company’s turnkey service manages all authentication, customer support, billing, reconciliation and in-building roaming. This wireless infrastructure can be branded by the airport and also opened up to Wi-Fi aggregators and wireless ISPs as part of their own branded services.
“Airports are demanding open access networks that bring the most benefit to passengers and workers, and with this agreement ANS is demonstrating its commitment to being a vendor-neutral Wi-Fi service provider,” said Rick Schiffmann, ANS chief executive officer. “We chose Boingo for our first roaming agreement because the company has distinguished itself as the leading aggregator with an unmatched footprint and consumer experience.”
With this agreement, the Boingo Roaming System expands to include more than 70 network operators and more than 6,500 hotspots under contract worldwide. Boingo packages this roaming system, along with its end-user Wi-Fi software and a complete suite of back-office billing, roaming, mediation and clearinghouse services into its Boingo Platform Services offering for major carriers and ISPs. Platform Service is a turnkey service that can be branded and launched by service providers as a low-cost, rapid time-to-market alternative to building their own networks. Current announced Platform Services customers include MCI, Infonet Services, EarthLink, Fiberlink, and Telecom Italia.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is an ultra-high-speed wireless Internet service available in thousands of locations such as hotels, airports, cafes, and other public places, in dozens of countries throughout the world. Both directly and through major carrier and ISP partners, Boingo provides business travelers with a wireless broadband Internet connection to improve productivity while on the road. Through its Wi-Fi software and Roaming System, Boingo makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple and secure. More information about Boingo is available at http://www.boingo.com/.
About Airport Network Solutions
ICOA, Inc., www.icoacorp.com located in Warwick, RI, is a provider of Public Broadband Internet Access. Its subsidiary, Airport Network Solutions, partners with airports to design, install, operate, maintain, and manage a single, neutral, common-use 802.11x standard WLAN (or Wi-Fi) infrastructure throughout their facility. Airlines, the traveling public and all other constituencies within the airport community are then able to use this secure and efficient wireless infrastructure. More information about ANS is available at www.airportnetworksolutions.com
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