Airport DAS installs are a key revenue driver for Boingo
Boingo Wireless, a distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi provider, has expanded its network footprint with the launch of a neutral host cellular DAS at Portland International Airport (PDX), the company said in a release.
The DAS network improves cellular coverage and capacity at the airport and is operated by Boingo as part of a multi-year agreement with the Port of Portland, the firm said.
“PDX is a major addition to Boingo’s DAS portfolio, a core growth driver of our business,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “We’re pleased to launch the airport’s DAS with a leading carrier and look forward to leveraging our neutral host model to bring on more partners and efficiently manage their network densification needs.”
Boingo highlighted that its neutral host approach enables large venues like airports and stadiums to work with one source to fulfill all connectivity needs.
“After a competitive RFP process, we selected Boingo for its ability to act as a one-stop shop for cellular connectivity at PDX,” said Shane Andreasen, Director, PDX Terminal Business & Properties, Port of Portland. “The partnership is part of our commitment to enhance the passenger experience with next generation tech amenities that make traveling through the airport even more convenient and enjoyable.”
The new Boingo DAS network is now live in Concourses C and D, and in the North and South pedestrian tunnels, with additional coverage expected to launch in 2020.
In November, Boingo Wireless had launched neutral host cellular Distributed Antenna System and Wi-Fi networks at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Under the terms of this contract, the company will provide multi-carrier wireless services at the 972,000 square-foot complex that will, according to Boingo Wireless, accommodate the increasing mobile data demands of the 5G era.
Specifically, the neutral-host DAS boosts cellular signals and can support multiple Tier One carriers. In addition, the high-density Wi-Fi offers passengers a free connectivity experience, with speeds up to 100 Mbps.
In September, Boingo announced the initial commercial deployment (ICD) of the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band following the FCC’s public notice of approval. Boingo said its neutral-host CBRS network expands wireless coverage and capacity at large venues to accommodate mobile demands and deliver a seamless and secure connected experience.
Boingo deployed the first known CBRS network at a major airport when it launched a private LTE cellular network on the 3.5 GHz band at Dallas Love Field Airport, which services more than 15 million passengers annually.