KT CHOOSES BOINGO FOR GLOBAL WI-FI ACCESS
KT Augments Its Own Hotspots With 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi Locations Around the World
LOS ANGELES – July 28th, 2010 – Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi industry’s leading worldwide service provider, and KT, the largest telephony carrier in South Korea, announced today that they have signed an agreement that gives KT customers access to more than 125,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide through a platform services agreement with Boingo.
KT -- which owns and operates 27,000 hotspots in South Korea and provides Wi-Fi coverage in 98 additional countries -- chose Boingo to provide its mobile customers with global Wi-Fi roaming services, using the Boingo® Roaming Network. As part of the agreement, KT will receive rebranded versions of Boingo’s industry-leading Wi-Fi software for Windows-based laptops and smartphones. The software provides one-click access to more than 171 networks around the world.
“Our customers have become accustomed to Wi-Fi wherever they go within the country, and have begun requesting this same availability outside Korea,” said Kim Hoon-bae, vice president of the Messaging/Roaming Business Department for KT. “Given the ubiquity and quality of Boingo’s global network, as well as the simplicity of one-click access via the Boingo software, this partnership brings exceptional value to KT customers.”
“KT is an industry leader with one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in the world,” said David Hagan, president and CEO for Boingo Wireless. “Their choice in Boingo for global Wi-Fi access is further validation of the reach and accessibility of Boingo’s aggregated network.”
“With the addition of 125,000 Boingo hotspots, KT customers can now enjoy widespread, high-speed Internet access when they travel outside of Korea,” said Allen Pan, director of Asia Pacific for Boingo Wireless. “Boingo is committed to delivering these tech-savvy users the same reliable and seamless experience they are accustomed to from KT.”
Boingo is the industry’s leading hotspot aggregator, establishing network access agreements for roaming with 171 Wi-Fi network operators in 102 countries around the world, representing more than 125,000 individual hotspots.
Boingo™ Platform Services
Boingo Platform Services, established in 2003, is the company's private-label offering aimed at mobile operators, wireline telcos, cable companies and ISPs that want a turnkey solution for providing customers with Wi-Fi Internet access through hotspots worldwide. The platform allows the subscribers of major branded service providers to access the world's largest network of Wi-Fi hotspot locations, all under the carrier's brand.
Boingo's current and former Platform Services Partners include Alltel, BT Infonet, EarthLink, Fiberlink, KT, Nextel, Orange France, Skype, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Verizon and Wireless G.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc., the global market leader in Wi-Fi, makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 125,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users can log on to Boingo Network locations that include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, convention centers and metropolitan hot zones. Boingo, and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary, operate wired and wireless networks at 58 airports worldwide that cover 42% of North American enplanements and 60% of United Kingdom enplanements, as well as the Ferries Division Wi-Fi network of the Washington State DOT and large scale venues such as commercial exhibit halls and major sporting arenas. For more information about Boingo, please visit http://www.boingo.com.
Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo! are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
KT, the largest telephony carrier in South Korea, holds around 89% of fixed-line and 32% of wireless service of the nation. There are now 18 subsidiaries owned by KT, including submarine cable company, finance banking business, etc.
Standing at the forefront of the digital era, KT has been spearheading advances in information technology in Korea since its inception in 1981. The first milestone at KT came in 1993 when the number of telephone lines surpassed 20 million, which was followed by the launch of Korea’s first telecommunication satellite in 1995. The high-speed Internet subscriber base topped 6 million in 2004(7.1 million in 2010), and the company introduced the world’s first commercial WiBro service two year later. In 2007, KT reinvented itself as a media and entertainment company with the launch of QOOK TV which combines telecommunications with broadcasting. In 2009, KT merged with KTF, its wireless subsidiary, to keep pace with the global trends of fixed/mobile convergence and will continue to head this convergence market between voice and data, wired and wireless, and broadcasting and telecommunications.
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