September 10, 2014 — AGL Media Group’s CEO and publisher, Rich Biby, P.E., interviewed Dr. Derek Peterson, CTO of Boingo Wireless. Peterson told Biby that Boingo Wireless has been a small cell and Wi-Fi provider for about 13 years. “We do large venues such as airports and stadiums,” he said. “Military bases are a new vertical market for us. Universities are starting to boom for us. It’s about making sure the venues get the connectivity they need. The smart network is about getting secure, multitenant, responsive analytics into the game.”
Peterson said Boingo has been deploying small cell DAS networks for as long as the company has been deploying Wi-Fi. It started in 2007 when Boingo acquired Concourse Communications Group, which now is a Boingo Wireless subsidiary. “That’s when we got O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, and we picked up the tunnels in New York. We’re pushing out DAS deployments everywhere. We just did the University of Houston, right before their first big game.”
The Boingo Wireless executive said the company combines DAS with Wi-Fi in the best way possible. “One of our premier locations is the Chicago stadium, Peterson said. “It has a DAS that supports 80,000 customers, and it has Wi-Fi as an add-on. If you’re there and you want to stream other games at the stadium, you can sign up for a plan for Wi-Fi and use it along with your DAS to still get your phone calls and texting — everything together.
Peterson said Boingo Wireless offers some cable TV service. “We provide some TV service at Miami International Airport through Turner Broadcasting, primarily CNN. We’re launching services at military bases throughout the world, and part of that is TV service over Wi-Fi.
Biby suggested that with voice-over-LTE service, Boingo Wireless might be in a position to offer telephone service. “I think there’s an opportunity for us, especially at universities,” Peterson said. “When you think of all the students who want connectivity in their dormitories, if they could have an offering that provides a triple-play solution, it would be a positive offering.”