Boingo Is Bringing Wi-Fi To NYC Subway Stations

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News Posted: Fri, May 4 2012 12:09 PM

Thanks to an agreement between Boingo and Transit Wireless, New York Subway Stations will be getting underground Internet access over the next five years. Once the rollout is complete, New York City's subway riders will be able to connect to the Internet from their smartphone, eReader, tablet, and other wireless devices while waiting for a train. The service will be available at stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. To use the one-click Wi-Fi access, you'll need a Boingo account or an account with one of Boingo's Wi-Fi roaming partners which include Skype, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

NYC Subway Stations to Get Wi-Fi Via Boingo and Transit Wireless Agreement

Boingo Will Offer Internet Access Underground in New York Subway Stations in Multi-Year Rollout

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 3rd, 2012 – Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced an agreement with Transit Wireless to manage and operate Wi-Fi Internet services within the New York City Subway System. Wi-Fi access in the subway stations will gradually roll out over the next five years.

The agreement will eventually allow New York City Transit Authority’s more than 1.6 billion annual subway riders to connect to the Internet using their smartphones, e-readers, tablets and other wireless devices while waiting for a train. Once completed, Boingo Wi-Fi services will be available at stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

“Boingo has a proven expertise in operating easy-to-use wireless services in high-traffic venues serving people on-the-go,” said Transit Wireless CEO William A. Bayne Jr. “Our partnership with Boingo helps us deliver on our commitment to providing best-in-class technology amenities to our community of commuters and visitors to the Big Apple.”

“Our alliance with Transit Wireless is another milestone for Boingo in our ongoing effort to expand our managed and operated footprint and provide added value to our customers – especially those in New York City,” said Colby Goff, senior vice president of strategy and business development for Boingo Wireless. “We look forward to providing New Yorkers, our customers and our roaming partners with the reliable connectivity they crave, whether at street level or on the subway platform.”

One-click Wi-Fi access will be available to Boingo subscribers, as well as Boingo’s Wi-Fi roaming partners, including Skype, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Expanding Boingo’s network of managed hotspots to include New York City’s subway stations continues the company’s growth in consumer service venues including shopping malls, stadiums, arenas and quick service restaurants, as well as the airport networks it operates globally.  

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ajm531 replied on Fri, May 4 2012 11:59 PM

That is pretty cool. I think its pretty amazing what they can do. It will take a few years granted but still pretty neat espcially since you hardly get any service down there. I wonder how well it will work while the train is moving? I guess it will have to be pretty extensive network.

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karanm replied on Sat, May 5 2012 12:35 AM

I don't know how they are going to supply stable wifi access between stations, that seems like a very tall order. From the press release it sounds like just the stations will have wifi. If they want to line all the tunnels they are gonna need a lot of access points and that presents another big bag of troubles with the subway cars traveling at high speeds with potentially hundreds of passengers trying to access the free wifi.

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digitaldd replied on Mon, May 7 2012 10:38 AM

So I'm guessing $5-10 a month for WiFi internet access in the NYC subway then? That's Boingo's usual fee when i travel. That gives me some promise for some peace and quiet during my commute as we New Yorkers are considerable cheapskates. 

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