In what’s believed to be the primary airport-wide Wi-Fi 6 community deployment, Boingo Wi-fi teamed up with the São Paulo/Guarulhos Worldwide Airport (GRU) to supply passengers with entry to the newest technology of Wi-Fi.
The airport is up and working, and with Covid, vacationers are spending extra time at airports than beforehand, so having the Wi-Fi 6 community offers one of the best related expertise, in response to Marcos Ferraz, VP of Worldwide at Boingo. Wi-Fi 6 makes use of essentially the most superior 802.11ax Wi-Fi expertise.
Boingo, which payments itself as the most important airport Wi-Fi supplier within the Americas, has a big presence in Latin America, with service in additional than 50 airports in Brazil.
The GRU occurs to be one of many busiest, serving town of São Paulo with a passenger capability of fifty.5 million per yr. (For comparability, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport, the world’s busiest, handled about 110.53 million passengers in 2019.)
Whereas Boingo has offers with main telecom operators akin to AT&T, Claro and Oi, subscribers of different carriers who’re touring by the airport may entry the Wi-Fi community. The Wi-Fi 6 community is suitable with earlier variations of Wi-Fi, so those that haven’t got Wi-Fi 6 of their gadgets can nonetheless use it. It’s Passpoint-enabled, which implies it conforms to HotSpot 2.0 specs for safety and roaming.
The venture took a few months, and it’s working as anticipated, Ferraz mentioned. “It exhibits that we’re pioneers,” he mentioned. “We’re very pleased with the outcomes.”
In keeping with Boingo, GRU’s airport-wide Wi-Fi 6 launch provides to numerous firsts for the corporate. In 2019, Boingo deployed the primary recognized Wi-Fi 6 community at an airport, John Wayne Airport (SNA) within the U.S., supporting back-of-house operations in SNA’s administration constructing. Over its 20-year historical past, the corporate has additionally deployed firsts that embody the primary industrial DAS community, first Passpoint community, and first CBRS community at a serious airport.
Mum on strategic transaction
Nevertheless, the corporate will not be speaking on the subject of a doable strategic sale of belongings.
Throughout Boingo’s second-quarter convention name in August, CFO Peter Hovenier mentioned the corporate was persevering with to interact with “a number of events” relating to a possible strategic transaction as was beforehand introduced, and it wasn’t offering any forward-looking monetary steerage in consequence.
Earlier this yr, Bloomberg reported that Boingo was exploring choices and dealing with potential provides with the assistance of an advisor. On its fourth-quarter 2019 earnings name in March, the corporate confirmed that it had obtained a number of inquiries for a possible sale or different strategic transaction. Analysts mentioned a big tower firm or infrastructure-focused personal fairness agency could be .