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Boingo CTO Addresses Global Aviation IT Leaders about Public Wi-Fi in Airports

Dépèche transmise le 7 décembre 2011 par Business Wire

Boingo CTO Addresses Global Aviation IT Leaders about Public Wi-Fi in Airports

Boingo CTO Addresses Global Aviation IT Leaders about Public Wi-Fi in Airports

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced that Niels Jonker, chief technology officer for Boingo Wireless, addressed the 2011 Airport IT conference in London today, covering key topics about public Wi-Fi that are essential for airport IT administrators in planning for 2012 and beyond.

“Once mobile offload becomes seamless, the data load on the Wi-Fi network will increase by an order of magnitude or more”

“We’re at the advent of several trends that will reshape the landscape of public Wi-Fi in airports, and every other hotspot in the world,” said Jonker. “Preparing for an exponential growth in demand, while ensuring that the network – and users – are protected from hackers should be on every administrator’s agenda for the new year.”

Jonker participated in a discussion on stage with John Payne, CEO of Pueblo Technology Group and former CIO of San Francisco International Airport, at the Airport Information Technology 2011 event held near the London Heathrow airport in the United Kingdom on December 6 and 7.

Key trends identified by Jonker and Payne include the dramatic growth of mobile Internet devices in the marketplace and the ensuing increase in data consumption for those devices, especially as mobile carriers and Wi-Fi operators work to facilitate seamless 3G/4G to Wi-Fi offload through current industry initiatives.

“Once mobile offload becomes seamless, the data load on the Wi-Fi network will increase by an order of magnitude or more,” added Jonker. “Capacity planning needs to be undertaken with not just this year’s expected growth in mind, but several years’ worth of compound growth.”

Also flagged was the need to address security both from a network perspective, protecting the infrastructure from attack and closing exploits that expose users to unnecessary risk, as well as from a user perspective, encouraging the use of personal VPNs until the industry is able to make secure access widely available.

“Many of the most common exploits used by casual hackers can be eliminated with specific network configuration setups and aggressive monitoring,” said Jonker. “It isn’t rocket science, but it does require ongoing diligence and a commitment to staying abreast of the latest developments.”

Jonker and Payne also agreed that regulatory guidelines that affect network operators appear to be on the rise. More stringent and specific reporting requirements for Internet service providers are being codified by government bodies, to ensure better reporting and traceability in support of law enforcement investigations of illegal activities, such as copyright infringement, terrorism and child pornography.

Boingo recently published a whitepaper that addresses security and regulatory issues for venue owners. Copies of the whitepaper can be downloaded from Boingo’s web site (http://www.boingo.com/concourse-neutral-host-wi-fi.php).

About Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless, Inc., the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 400,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users can log on to Boingo Network locations that include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, convention centers and metropolitan hot zones. Boingo and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary operate wired and wireless networks at large-scale venues worldwide such as airports, major sporting arenas, malls, and convention centers, as well as quick serve restaurants. For more information about Boingo, please visit http://www.boingo.com.

Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo! are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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