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January 28, 2014

GRU Airport - Sao Paulo International Airport Selects Boingo for Wi-Fi and DAS

Airports serving large metropolitan cities are one of the last places most of us want to be caught in no matter what the destination is. With thousands of passengers going in and out of these facilities, it is no wonder airport experience regularly ranks as one of the worst. Airport operators are trying to improve their image by making the experience more tolerable, and to their credit things are improving. Technology is playing a great role in this improvement by expediting the entire process, from checking-in to taking off.

Wi-Fi is becoming an essential tool in airports so passengers can use their mobile devices to check on flights, purchase items, and entertain themselves or work while waiting to depart. The GRU Airport – São Paulo’s International Airport in Brazil has selected Boingo as the exclusive Wi-Fi and distributed antenna system (DAS) provider for the facility. As the largest airport in South America, GRU sees more than 35 million passengers go through the facility annually; that is more than 95,000 passengers every single day.

The design, installation and management of the system will be carried out by Boingo at the airport. With this installation, GRU will have a comprehensive coverage throughout the entire facility with increased data capacity.

The Wi-Fi network can be accessed to the wholesale and platform partners of Boingo, which include: AT&T, Verizon, Korea Telecom, LGU+, NTT DOCOMO, Skype, Orange France, Telefonica, and TeliaSonera. The service will also be available to Boingo subscribers under its Boingo Unlimited, Boingo Mobile and Boingo Global platforms. A complimentary service will be available throughout the airport, with paid premium service for higher bandwidth content such as video.

The selection of Boingo by GRU was based on the experience the company has with more than 75 airports around the world including Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway, New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, and Newark airports.

"The airport is an increasingly important international business hub and will experience exponential passenger growth in the next three years with the upcoming landmark global sports events. The Wi-Fi network is optimized for future carrier offload, to ensure a seamless connectivity experience and ample capacity for all users," said Zack Sterngold, Boingo Wireless vice president, Americas. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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