According to Boingo Wireless, it has recently forged a Wi-Fi offloading contract with a big American mobile operator in order to provide Wi-Fi service in one major sports arena. Despite this a momentous agreement for Boingo, the company has decided not to reveal the identity of the wireless carrier nor the exact location of the said sports stadium.
As explained by David Hagan, the chief executive officer of Boingo Wireless, what the company intends to do is partition off part of the Wi-Fi service at the sports stadium. Hagan also stated that the Wi-Fi offloading agreement is more of a specific trial run conducted in a big sports arena in order to determine the exact volume of network traffic that needs to be handled and how to go about managing that amount of usage.
Hagan also went to say that Boingo Wireless is tasked with operating both the Wi-Fi network and the distributed antenna system (DAS) network at the sports arena. Because the company was able to ink a new Wi-Fi offloading contract with an unnamed top US wireless carrier, Boingo is in a good position to be able to offload excess wireless traffic from the sports arena’s DAS network when overloading occurs and course that unto a reserved, unused section of the company’s Wi-Fi network set up within the sports stadium.
Providing Wi-Fi service in sports arenas are easier said than done. According to Hagan, sports arenas have up to a hundred thousand people concentrated in just one area. Now in all likelihood, everyone present in the stadium will probably be using a smartphone or other mobile device to connect to the Wi-Fi network.
But Boingo Wireless is excited at the prospect of getting it done. Of course, this is not the first time that the company had inked a Wi-Fi offloading deal. Back in the summer of 2015, Boingo had signed a multiyear deal with major US wireless carrier Sprint in order to offload mobile users’ data traffic to Boingo’s networks set up at 35 major airports across the US. Then some may remember that last August, Boingo Wireless had debuted debuted a Wi-Fi offloading service with yet another member of the Big Four. Even though Boingo did choose not to reveal the identity of the wireless carrier, various industry watchers believe it to be AT&T. With these Wi-Fi offloading contracts, Boingo Wireless is continuing to build its resume, and as its experience grows, more future agreements are sure to be under way.
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