Wi-Fi

IPass Introduces Online Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder

IPass Introduces Online Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder

Mobile service provider iPass announced the launch of iPass Hotspot Finder. The hotspot finder is browser-based and can be accessed from smartphones or personal computers.
Using location services, the iPass Hotspot Finder displays all of the hotspots within a specified radius, and pins their exact location on a map. The service identified 704 hotspots in New York City, 60 of which were in hotels and 11 of which were …

Boingo to Acquire Major Airport Wi-Fi Operator

Boingo to Acquire Major Airport Wi-Fi Operator

Boingo announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Advanced Wireless Group, a large airport Wi-Fi provider in the U.S.  The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed later this year.
Advanced Wireless Group currently operates public Wi-Fi in 17 airports in the U.S., including Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Boston’s Logan International Airport.
With the acquisition, Boingo …

N.Y. MTA to Add Wi-Fi to Subways and Commuter Rail Trains

N.Y. MTA to Add Wi-Fi to Subways and Commuter Rail Trains

New York subway riders and rail commuters may soon have Wi-Fi access during their trips.  On Tuesday, MTA chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said that the authority hopes to add Wi-Fi and possibly even cell phone reception to New York City subway cars.  His comment served as the first public acknowledgement that the MTA was interested in providing Wi-Fi beyond subway stations.
While the general consensus is that the move towards Wi-Fi …

Gogo Unveils Ground to Orbit Faster In-flight Wi-Fi

Gogo Unveils Ground to Orbit Faster In-flight Wi-Fi

Wednesday, Gogo announced Ground to Orbit (GTO), a new technology that will significantly boost in-flight Internet speeds.
Using a combination of cellular towers and satellites, GTO is expected to provide speeds of up to six times faster than what air-to-ground systems are currently capable of. Estimates show that an aircraft equipped with GTO technology could receive more than 60Mbps in bandwidth, which is six times that of the …

Boingo Deploys Major Update for Wi-Fi at ORD

Boingo Deploys Major Update for Wi-Fi at ORD

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 …

XCom Global Launches MiFi Hotspot Rental Service in U.S.

XCom Global Launches MiFi Hotspot Rental Service in U.S.

XCom Global announced it has started to offer its MiFi hotspot rental service for travelers heading to the U.S.  The hotspot will be available for a flat daily fee of $14.95 (excluding taxes, shipping, and other fees).
Travelers can reserve a MiFi Hotspot for the duration of their stay prior to arrival in the U.S.  They must provide a date and location for the unit to be shipped.
The hotspot will be …

Lobby Bar – June 14: Medical Advances, Incognito Airlines, and Technologically Advanced Mexican Food

Lobby Bar – June 14:  Medical Advances, Incognito Airlines, and Technologically Advanced Mexican Food

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Big babies.  We’re kicking off our second annual air travel pet peeves poll.  What’s worse than having to tell the brats behind you to stop making a racket?  The fact that they’re full grown adults.
An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Apple updated its MacBook Air lineup with all-day battery life, and introduced iOS7, its newest …