& cplSiteName &

Boingo Expands Hotspot 2.0 Trial to 23 Airports

Sarah Thomas
3/26/2014
50%
50%

SAN ANTONIO -- CCA Global Expo -- Boingo added two airports to its Hotspot 2.0 trial, bringing the total to 23. But wireless operators are still approaching the authentication technology with varying degrees of interest.

Boingo Wireless Inc. CTO Derek Peterson announced the Hotspot 2.0 expansion at a Fierce Wireless breakfast on Wednesday morning, noting that those who download a profile to their Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Mac or iPhone will automatically connect to a network when they enter one of the participating airports. (See Boingo Expands Hotspot 2.0 to 21 Airports and Hotspot 2.0 Makes Slow & Steady Progress.)

Boingo has been an early proponent of Hotspot 2.0, which automatically connects users to carrier-grade WiFi networks, but his fellow panelists are taking a more cautious approach to the two-year old standard. (See Boingo: Carrier WiFi Offload Still a Year Out and WiFi Passpoint: Ready for Prime Time.)

Scratch Wireless CEO Alan Berrey, for one, said the jury is still out on Hotspot 2.0 -- or at least the operators' role in it. He is looking to cable operators for guidance more so than mobile operators, as they've deployed fiber and "have a vested interest in keeping their customers on their network" he said. Cable WiFi is taking off and he believes it will be a major force with one million access points planned this year. (See Scratch Wireless Eyes International Expansion and Momentum Mounts for Cable WiFi.)

"If I can get a device, like a tablet, and network and connect it to my home service, then I'm less interested in a standardized 2.0," he said.

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) CTO Stephen Bye was more reticent when it came to Sprint's involvement in the standard. "We'll watch it; we're not driving it," he said, noting that any new technology has the same adoption curve. "But we'll take advantage of it when it's there." (See Stephen Bye: Sprint's Network Visionary.)

Even if operators don't throw their support behind Hotspot 2.0, device makers already have. Peterson pointed out that they can just as easily put a profile in their handsets that connects to WiFi on its own, cutting the operators out of the equation. (See iOS 7: The Next-Gen Hotspot Game Changer .)

"Inevitably, it's going to happen," Peterson said of Hotspot 2.0. "People want to get connected. The user experience will drive it."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(10)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
MikeP688
50%
50%
MikeP688,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/10/2014 | 2:27:29 AM
Brief Thoughts
Glad to see the "somewhat" streamlining at hand.  For those who are existing Boingo subscribers, it is probably great news.   I will go out on a limb though and make a prediction that our friends @ Google will probably look at how to crush our friends @ Boingo.  
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/9/2014 | 7:08:47 PM
Re: Which airports?
On my trip to Las Vegas for Interop last week, I noticed that carriers are really stripping down the login requirements for their public Wi-Fi. The Mandalay Bay just let you log in without authenticating, from the hotel room at least. That's nice. No business traveler has ever said, at the end of a long day of meetings, "At last I am back in my hotel room! Now to catch up on email! Oh, wait, logging in to the network? That's fine too."

Other places had one-tap authentication. Not as good as zero taps, but still nice. 
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
4/9/2014 | 11:04:29 AM
Re: Which airports?
If you're not a Boingo subscriber, you probably wouldn't. But if you already are, it'd automatically put you on that network, so you wouldn't have to sign in to the free OC WiFi.
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
4/9/2014 | 11:02:59 AM
Re: Boingo Only So-So
I think you're thinking of traditional pay Boingo. The initial Hotspot 2.0 trials were just for carriers and device makers, but now it's also open to Boingo subscribers, so you have to be paying for the service anyway. H2 also doesn't affect the quality of the connection, just your ability to get on it.
MikeP688
50%
50%
MikeP688,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/9/2014 | 4:06:12 AM
Re: Which airports?
My Local Airport, Orange County-John Wayne, is also free.     Why would I want to engage with Boingo if I have a hot spot myself and have to take the extra step to try and get a profile?  It appears that they have some work to still do.

 

 
Phil_Britt
50%
50%
Phil_Britt,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 9:13:02 AM
Boingo Only So-So
The Boingo expansion isn't all that helpful for wireless users, at least in my experience.

I used it once and felt that it wasn't worth the charge because it was slow and I had to reconnect more than once. If you're stuck at an airport for a couple of hours or so, it might be worth the charge. Otherwise, it might be better to relax with a snack or drink rahter than get frustrated with an iffy connection for an hour.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2014 | 4:11:27 PM
Re: Which airports?
Sarah - San Diego airport is not on the list. But we have free WiFi at the airport anyway. Go, us. 

My wild guess based on the press release you linked to is that Boingo subscribers will get an email or some other notification with a link directing them where to download a new profile. Once that's done, the login would be hands-free for the user -- just switch on the device and be connected to WiFi. 

Hotspot 2.0 is exciting technology for SPs looking to save network traffic and consumers looking to save on their monthly data bills -- assuming the net cost of the monthly WiFi plan is less than data overages. 
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
3/26/2014 | 1:51:58 PM
CORRECTION
Boingo has actually added two new airports, Boston Logan International Airport and Billings Airport, bringing its total to 23. It didn't add 23 as the post originally stated, but it's been updated now.
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
3/26/2014 | 1:29:51 PM
Re: Which airports?
The 2 additional airports are Boston Logan International Airport and Billings Airport, and here's the original 21: http://www.boingo.com/pr/articles/?a=2014-02-24-boingo-launches-hotspot-2.0-at-21-airports-in-us&id=1201&date=2014-02-24

The user would have to download a profile on to their phone in order for the phone to automatically connect. They did a trial at MWC and it wasn't seamless. You first had to forget any other networks you may have been on. But, that won't be an issue when its preloaded on handsets. 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2014 | 12:53:32 PM
Which airports?
Is there a list of airports where the service is available?

How would the mechanics of this work from the end-user perspective? I'm guessing the user signs up in advance once, then connects manually once, and after that just connects automatically as they would for any recognized Wi-Fi network. Or am I missing something? Would you still have to wrestle with downloading apps, or dealing with browser-based authentication screens?
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
NEXT COURSE
Wednesday, August 3, 1:00PM EDT
The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Research Center, Open Networking Lab
UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 10, 1:00PM EDT
Telcos & Open Source 101
Phil Robb, Senior Technical Director, OpenDaylight
Friday, August 12, 1:00PM EDT
The Role of Open Source in NFV
Jim Fagan, Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra
Wednesday, August 17, 1:00PM EDT
Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
in association with:
From The Founder
In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Fujitsu Sales Leader Shares Lessons Learned

7|27|16   |   5:12   |   (0) comments


As Fujitsu's only female sales leader, Annie Bogue knows the importance of asking for what you want, being flexible (she's been relocated five times), keeping a meticulous calendar, 'leaning in,' working harder than everyone else around you, being aware and more.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
VeEX Test & Measurement Solutions

7|25|16   |   08:57   |   (0) comments


Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX Inc., talks test and measurement with Light Reading's Steve Saunders at BCE 2016. This includes innovative products such as VeSion Cloud-Based platform for network monitoring; MTTplus Modular Test platform for Access, Business, Carrier Ethernet, Transport and Core services; and OPX-BOX+ for Fiber Optics.
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX: Live From BCE 2016

7|25|16   |   03:20   |   (0) comments


VeEX's Senior Director of Business Development, Perry Romano, explains how VeEX provides tools to help install, maintain, monitor and manage network infrastructure efficiently and effectively. The portfolio of products on display include the RXT-6000, MTTplus and TX300s.
LRTV Custom TV
Real-Time Telemetry & Analytics for Intelligent SDN Orchestration

7|25|16   |   03:09   |   (0) comments


Packet Design CEO Scott Sherwood discusses how real-time network telemetry and analytics are enabling a new breed of SDN orchestration applications.
From the Founder
The Russo Report: Driving Disruption

7|25|16   |   07:44   |   (0) comments


In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
LRTV Custom TV
NetScout: Maximizing Enterprise Cloud for Digital Transformation

7|20|16   |   04:53   |   (0) comments


Light Reading Editor Mitch Wagner talks to NetScout CMO Jim McNiel about maximizing the benefits of enterprise cloud and digital transformation while minimizing potential pitfalls with a proper monitoring and instrumentation strategy.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Ciena's VP Offers a Career Crash Course

7|20|16   |   4:14   |   (2) comments


How did Ciena's Vice President of Sales, Angela Finn, carve out her career path? Simple, she tells WiC. She stayed true to her company, customers and principles. She shares her advice for women on how to be authentic and credible, as well as for companies that want to make a real change to their culture and practices.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV in 2016: Part 2 – Climbing the Virtualization Maturity Curve

7|19|16   |   06:56   |   (0) comments


Many of the initial use case implementations are single-vendor and self-contained. The industry is still climbing the virtualization maturity curve, needing further clarity and stability in the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and greater availability and choice of virtualized network functions (VNFs). Interoperability between NFVis and VNFs from different vendors ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks' Kumar Mehta on SD-WAN Managed Services

7|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Versa's Kumar Mehta for an interview focused on why service providers are building SD-WAN managed services, and how Versa's telco customers are innovating.
LRTV Custom TV
Juniper Networks & The Evolution of NFV

7|19|16   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


Senior Juniper Networks executives talk to Light Reading Founder & CEO Steve Saunders about NFV developments and the recent independent evaluation by test lab EANTC of Juniper's Cloud CPE solution.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink Goes Beyond Managed WiFi

7|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


CenturyLink's managed WiFi allows enterprises, such as retailers and resorts, to track guest WiFi usage in order to help them better communicate with customers.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T Launches Network Functions on Demand

7|17|16   |   05:26   |   (0) comments


Roman Pacewicz, Senior Vice President, Offer Management & Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions, discusses the operator's launch of its Network Functions on Demand service.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
September 27, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 6-8, 2016,
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Five of the Top 10 most targeted countries in Check Point Software Technologies' global Malware & Threat Index for Q1 2016 are in Africa.
Hot Topics
Verizon Sports Big Plans for Yahoo
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 7/26/2016
Kevin Lo's Move to Facebook: Sign of Things to Come?
Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading, 7/20/2016
Verizon's Next With VNFs
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/21/2016
Facebook Gets Its Drone On
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 7/22/2016
Ericsson Ejects CEO Vestberg
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 7/25/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
There's no question that, come 2020, 5G technology will turn the world's conception of what mobile networking is on its head. Within the world of 5G development, Dr. ...
I've enjoyed interviewing many interesting people since I rejoined Light Reading, but William A. "Bill" Owens certainly takes the biscuit, as we say where I come from.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.