Boingo Wireless To Expand Its Support To Boost And Virgin Mobile
Almost a year ago, Sprint struck a deal with Boingo Wireless to offload its customer’s data traffic onto Boingo’s Wi-Fi network on 35 major U.S. airports. According to Boingo’s CEO David Hagan, Boingo Wireless will expand its support to Sprint’s sub-brands as Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid brands. Speaking at the Boingo Wireless fourth quarter and full year 2015 earnings conference call with investors on February 26, 2016, Hagan also said that almost “22 million Sprint customers are now moving onto Boingo’s Wi-Fi network in dozens of U.S. airports across the country.”
Sprint and Boingo Wireless partnership gives an opportunity for Sprint users to switch to fast Boingo WiFi network on the airports, which generally have over-loaded mobile networks. While connected to WiFi, usage does not count towards customer’s monthly service plan so it’s free.
“I think the big learning has been the notion of carrier quality or carrier grade is a critical component to rolling this out. And so in our dealings with Sprint and their third party testing firm, we literally test venue by venue, platform by platform for quality of service, including being able to do VoIP over Wi-Fi as you’re walking through one of our venues without call loss,” said David Hagan. “So we’ve worked hard to get to carrier grade level. I think we’ve done that with Sprint. I think the traffic shows that.”
Company noted that average data usage was 35MB per session in 2013 and 300MB in 2016. “What’s changed is what people are doing, which is really mobile video,” said Boingo’s CFO Peter Hovenier. He also said that another major carrier will join Sprint in offloading its traffic to Boingo’s WiFi networks sometime in the first half of 2016.
Boost and Virgin Mobile customers will definitely benefit from Boingo support expansion and hopefully some other Sprint’s sub-brands as Sprint Prepaid or maybe even some MVNOs.
Source: Fierce Wireless