Boingo launches 20 Mbps WiFi at major US airports

Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI) has announced fast, free Wi-Fi for travelers and new blazing-fast speeds of up to 20 Mbps for power users and subscribers.

The new faster speeds are part of Boingo´s innovative S.M.A.R.T. network approach, which stands for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-Driven, Responsive and Tiered.

The “Tiered” portion of a SMART Network offers multiple speed options, depending on the traveler´s needs. All passengers can enjoy fast Wi-Fi access at no charge. Power users who need their airport Wi-Fi to function like an extension of their home or office environment can choose from several paid options, including speeds of 20Mbps — bursting to 50Mbps. All Boingo subscribers, including those enrolled in the American Express Preferred Plan, will automatically receive the highest tier of speed when they log in.

Boingo´s fastest ever airport Wi-Fi service is now available at the following airports, with additional locations launching soon: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Boston — Logan International (BOS); Chicago — Midway International (MDW); Chicago — O´Hare International (ORD); New York — John F. Kennedy International (JFK); New York — LaGuardia International (LGA); and Newark Liberty International (EWR).

SMART Networks are carrier Wi-Fi offload-ready, which enables participating wireless carriers the ability to offload traffic from their licensed spectrum to Boingo´s carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, while providing their users instant connectivity without the need for software or passwords. Sprint is already taking advantage of Boingo´s upgraded SMART Networks, with more than 16 million handsets enabled and more than 25 million expected to be enabled by year-end.

Boingo Wireless´s footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than one billion consumers annually in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases.