Helping the world to stay connected - from airports and hotels to metro stations or buses – is what Boingo (News - Alert) is aiming to do. But how will that happen? GOWEX , the creator of Wi-Fi cities, shows the way.
Boingo Wireless (News - Alert), a Wi-Fi provider, quick to take advantage of GOWEX’s capabilities, has entered into an expanded network access agreement with the company, which has been operating in the telecommunications sector for 14 years, offering free and premium Wi-Fi connectivity on the street and in public transportation.
“Boingo customers have accessed our ‘Wi-Fi Cities’ hotzones in Madrid for years, and we’re pleased to extend our expanded municipal hotzones and ‘smart transport’ networks in destination cities across Europe to even more Boingo customers,” said Jenaro García, CEO of GOWEX.
Boingo’s wholesale platform service partners, which provide self-branded Wi-Fi to their customers as part of their service offering, will also have access to the GOWEX networks.
Thanks to the agreement with GOWEX, Boingo users will be able to access on-board Wi-fi on buses in Barcelona, popular public transportation routes, and more than 50 metro and railway stations in Paris. There are more than 1,400 additional Gowex hotspots scattered throughout Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium.
“Our expanded relationship with GOWEX will ensure that our users won’t miss an e-mail or an update whether they’re in Barcelona or changing Paris Metro trains at the Station de Bastille,” noted Bjorn Thorngren, vice president of international markets for Boingo Wireless.
Boingo’s footprint of small cell networks covers more than one million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than one billion consumers annually in varied places. The Boingo Europe Plus plans provide unlimited access for two devices at more than 200,000 hotspots across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It also has daily and hourly access plans to suit the needs of travelers at 20 European airports.
While the Wi-Fi cities’ municipal hotzones in many major cities of Europe will apparently succeed in making the world a smaller place, will the allure of the Internet anywhere, anytime get users addicted? A million-dollar question, no doubt.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey