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Boingo Wireless’ Mike Finley Named CEO of the Year

Mike Finley, CEO of Boingo Wireless.

Mobile Breakthrough disclosed it has selected Mike Finley as CEO of the Year, and it gave Boingo its award for Small Cell Technology Solution Provider of the Year. Part of Tech Breakthrough, Mobile Breakthrough said it is a market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, and its awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in mobile and wireless technology companies, products and people. The organization said it received more than 2,600 award nominations.

“This is a tremendous honor and a reflection of the remarkable team at Boingo who have moved with velocity to keep our customers connected,” said Finley. “In a hyper-connected 5G world, Boingo’s work as a leading small cell provider has never been more important as large venues and enterprises depend on us to accelerate their digital transformation. It has been an unprecedented year, but the strength and resiliency of our team has shown through.”

Mobile Breakthrough described Finley as a wireless industry veteran who has served for more than three decades in senior management roles for telecommunications companies.

“He joined Boingo as CEO in 2019, where he is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and accelerating growth,” a statement from Mobile Breakthrough reads. “Under his leadership, Boingo has grown to one of the largest providers of indoor wireless networks with a vast footprint of small cells, DAS, Wi-Fi and macro towers. Major airports, transportation hubs, stadiums, military bases, hospitals and commercial properties trust Boingo to design, build and manage converged, neutral host public and private networks.”

The mission of the Mobile Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success of industry leaders and companies across a range of mobile and wireless technology categories, according to Mobile Breakthrough. It said the nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry.

“We welcomed thousands of compelling submissions this year, and there was fierce competition for our marquee CEO of the Year award,” said James Johnson, managing director of Mobile Breakthrough. “There’s great confidence in Finley and the company’s vital place in the wireless mobile ecosystem. Boingo CEO Mike Finley is a standout executive who is incredibly deserving of the 2021 CEO of the Year award.”

Boingo Expands Wireless Coverage at Petco Park



Boingo Wireless, a distributed antenna system (DAS), Wi-Fi and private network provider, has improved wireless connectivity at Petco Park, the company has disclosed. In support of digital transformation and operational continuity for the stadium and in collaboration with the San Diego Padres, Boingo said it has launched a private network to power mobile applications and make the fan experience more convenient. The 5G-ready network expands wireless coverage to Gallagher Square, a community gathering space inside Petco Park, and will be used by staff to process cash-free payments, contactless concessions and mobile ticketing, Boingo said.

Boingo CEO Mike Finley.

“Professional sports teams are prioritizing next generation connectivity to elevate gameday experiences and overcome operational hurdles,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “Our private network solutions give stadiums like Petco Park seamless and secure wireless coverage to connect mobile operations and bring the fan experience into the 5G era.”

Stadiums and other large venues can make use of Boingo private networks to move operational traffic off public networks to connect more devices and reduce congestion, a statement from the company reads. Venues have direct control over the network’s wireless coverage, location, quality and security with dedicated bandwidth that is closed off from outside traffic, it said. According to Boingo, the networks offer rich data insights and are designed to facilitate health and safety protocols, touchless engagement, security operations and prepaid parking.

Boingo said its network at Petco Park uses Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and operates alongside the stadium’s public network.

San Diego Padres CEO Erik Greupner.

“On gameday, the Padres have over 1,000 staffers running Petco Park,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner. “To keep mobile operations running smoothly, we desired a standalone, closed network. Boingo checked every box. Their private network enables us to place cellular coverage exactly where we need it — in Gallagher Square — and cater to our mobile fanbase. This flexibility combined with data insights and security gives our organization a powerful wireless tool to deliver the great experience Padres fans expect.”

Configured for interoperability, unified management and easy installation, Boingo private networks can be implemented with 5G, LTE, CBRS and Wi-Fi 6 technologies and deployed alongside public neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi networks, the company said.

At Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021, Greupner and Finley will deliver a keynote on Petco Park’s private network launch and the effect of 5G technologies in sports and entertainment. Taking place on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, the keynote will also feature Gillian Zucker, president of business operations for the L.A. Clippers. Registration is available at mwclosangeles.com.