Boingo Deploys Major Update for Wi-Fi at ORD

By Jeremy Del Nero on 5 September 2013
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Chicago O'Hare

Chicago O’Hare

Boingo announced it will begin to rollout more advanced Wi-Fi hotspots in the airports it serves, starting with Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

The new network, called Boingo Passpoint, uses technology that allows a lot of under-the-hood benefits, such as roaming and carrier offload, automatic network identification, and encryption.  While this provides a much smoother and faster experience, the service requires no added steps on the part of the individual Wi-Fi user.

Due to the sheer number of passengers using their cellular devices while traveling, especially in a concentrated area such as an airport, carrier offload will have a significant effect on mobile network speeds.  Carrier offload automatically provides smartphone users will access to data via local Wi-Fi networks, rather than straining the already taxed cell towers.

The service is now live at Chicago O’Hare.  Boingo has already upgraded its most used hotspots with the technology, but plans to introduce it to other hotspots in its network.

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