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Airport Wi-Fi speeds getting turned up to 20 Mbps

Boingo is cranking up airport Wi-Fi speeds to 20 Mbps at major transit hubs ahead of holiday rush

Airport Wi-Fi is a regular source of frustration for travelers. Although many major airports have deployed free and tiered Wi-Fi service offerings, sometimes the throughput isn’t enough to handle data-heavy applications like smooth video streaming.

Ahead of the busy Christmas travel season, Boingo Wireless, which provides a global network of Wi-Fi hot spots, is turning up airport Wi-Fi speeds to 20 megabits per second at a number of major airports.

The airports that will initially enjoy the increased service level are BWI in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area; Logan International in Boston; Midway and O’Hare in Chicago; JFK and LaGuardia in New York; and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.

The upgrades are part of Boingo’s S.M.A.R.T. plan, which is an acrostic standing for secure, multiplatform, analytics-driven, responsive and tiered.

In this clip, Boingo VP of Project Management Marc Patterson goes over the company’s tiered service offering strategy.

Boingo President Nick Hulse said the company offers an end-to-end solution for airport Wi-Fi.

“SMART networks are built to scale for carrier offload and the data onslaught from the hottest new apps, videos and gaming, and feature seamless connectivity via Passpoint,” Hulse said. “Our managed, flexible networks ensure an outstanding connection, every time, no matter what speed option customers choose or what services airports layer on. We’re looking forward to rolling SMART out with additional partner airports soon.”

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