This year, Wi-Fi-centric mobile operator Boingo Wireless is planning to ramp up its deployments of small cells in multiple venues with multiple carriers. According to David Hagan, the chief executive officer of Boingo, the focus of the roll outs will be at entertainment venues as well as at military bases.
During the final quarter of 2016, Boingo Wireless had revealed that it had completed its first ever small roll out at a convention center located just outside of the city of Chicago in Illinois. Also this week, Hagan also made mention that Boingo is attracting interest from other carriers, especially with regards to finding a solution for enhancing cellular coverage at entertainment venues and military bases, most of which are situated in remote areas.
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.
According to Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi offloading partner of Sprint, there are around 22 million Sprint subscribers who are now moving onto Boingo Wireless’ Wi-Fi network in more than 30 airports across the United States. Boingo further added that it now has support for all of Sprint’s Android and iOS mobile users, and it is planning to expand its support even to Sprint’s subsidiary brands, including its prepaid arms such as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. While 22 million is an impressive figure, Boingo Wireless is expecting to ultimately provide support for up to 40 million of Sprint’s subscribers.
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