Boingo Wireless, a supplier of software and services worldwide, has been chosen as the exclusive Wi-Fi provider for the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER). Boingo Wi-Fi services will be available timed to the airport’s opening on 17 March 2013.
Berlin Brandenburg passengers will be able to access basic complimentary Wi-Fi services for 30 minutes or upgrade to premium service for higher bandwidth activities, such as checking work email, uploading photos on Facebook and streaming videos.
This tiered service approach allows airports to serve the needs of both casual and power users while enabling ongoing investment in upgrades and expansion to support ever-increasing demand. As such airports are changing their traditional business model from strictly paid-for Wi-Fi access to tiered pricing, enabling greater availability to Wi-Fi services by partnering with vendors like Boingo.
The concept of tiered Wi-Fi services is part of a wider trend with other operators. Boingo has also rolled-out tiered Wi-Fi services in the UK at London Gatwick and all 10 airports across Portugal.
Deutsche Telekom is also pursuing this trend, offering 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi with limited bandwidth at Frankfurt and Munich Airports since late last year, while Hub Telecom now offers passengers 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi access at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airport.
The Wi-Fi access plans available to Berlin Brandenburg travellers will include Boingo Europe Plus, providing unlimited access at more than 200,000 hotspots throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for €27.95 per month, and Boingo Global, providing flat rate access anywhere in the world for €49 per month. Hourly and day passes will also be available for purchase. Please see the release below.
The BER network will also be available to Boingo’s roaming and platform service partners, including Korea Telecom, LGU+, Orange France, NTT Communications, Skype, Telefonica, TeliaSonera and Verizon, which wholesale Wi-Fi access from Boingo and provide self-branded Wi-Fi to their customers as part of their existing services. The airport network may also be accessible to future regional and international roaming and platform service partners.
Boingo Wireless, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, USA, provides software technology and roaming services enabling users to access the internet when travelling. The company has assembled a large and rapidly growing roaming system with tens of thousands of hotspot locations under contract around the world. Boingo also invented software for discovering and connecting to hotspots. Boingo can augment a carrier's existing Wi-Fi efforts or provide a complete, private-label, turnkey solution.
The company announced last month that it had added 75,000 hotspots in South Korea via local mobile operator SK Telecom. Boingo’s roaming partners, including Wi2, BT Openzone and Orange France, can also extend network access to their customers, providing seamless roaming options for international travelers.
Boingo offers a variety of Wi-Fi access plans for those living or traveling in Asia, including Boingo Asia Pacific, offering unlimited access to Boingo hotspots in the Asia Pacific region, and Boingo Global, enabling access to Boingo’s aggregated network of more than 500,000 hotspots worldwide, as well as options for the Americas, Europe and the UK and Ireland. It also offers hourly and daily access passes for purchase.