Boingo’s Network Expansion Aids Growing Demand for Wi-Fi in Asia Pacific
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 7th, 2010 – Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi industry’s leading worldwide provider of software and services, can now access hotspots in all Provinces, Municipalities, and Autonomous Regions in China through a network roaming agreement with China Telecommunications Corporation, the largest wireline telecommunications and broadband services provider in China.
The partnership with China Telecom brings Boingo’s total hotspot count to over 185,000 locations globally.
This large-scale hotspot expansion through China Telecom helps Boingo address increasing user demand for Wi-Fi access in Asia Pacific, which has seen the largest growth in year over year connects among major geographic regions.
“China Telecom’s rapid and widespread deployment of Wi-Fi is nothing short of impressive,” said Dave Hagan, president and CEO for Boingo Wireless. “What’s more, their network comprises venue types — airports, hotels, restaurants — that our usage data show as most popular among Boingo users in Asia Pacific.”
“We’re committed to blanketing China with Wi-Fi,” said Mr. Kou Fenda, Managing Director of Global Business Development for China Telecom. “We’ve installed best-in-class communications equipment, and we continue to pursue a network expansion strategy that will overall enable Boingo customers a quality online experience at just about every commercial hotspot in China.”
“The timing is perfect for the addition of China Telecom’s network to the Boingo footprint,” said Allen Pan, director of Asia Pacific. “Our users are really ramping up their activity in the region, and being able to expand the network to meet that demand is exciting.”
Boingo customers can get online immediately at all China Telecom Wi-Fi hotspots, which include airports, hotels, restaurants and transportation facilities in over 300 major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xiamen, Chengdu, Dalian, Kunming, Qingdao, Chongqing and Xi’an. Popular locations include airports, Howard Johnson and Holiday Inn hotels, KFC, McDonald’s and Starbucks cafes.
Boingo is available in 26 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc., the global market leader in Wi-Fi, makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 185,000 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, cafes and coffee shops, restaurants, convention centers and metropolitan hot zones. Boingo, and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary, operate wired and wireless networks at 58 airports worldwide that cover 42% of North American enplanements and 60% of United Kingdom enplanements, as well as the Ferries Division Wi-Fi network of the Washington State DOT and large scale venues such as commercial exhibit halls and major sporting arenas. For more information about Boingo, please visit http://www.boingo.com.
About China Telecommunications Corporation
China Telecommunications Corporation is an extra-large State-owned telecom operator in China, Global Partner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai, and was selected into the Top 500 Global Corporations for many consecutive years. China Telecom mainly provides the integrated information services including the fixed-line telephone, mobile service, Internet connection and applications services. China Telecom has subsidiary companies in 31 provinces (municipal and autonomous regions) and branches in the Americas, Europe, Hong Kong and Macau, and its communications network covering the whole country of China and reaching every corner of the world. China Telecom built the world biggest CDMA 3G network, with its earliest commercial services in China, having many branded products such as ‘Tianyi’, ‘My e Home’, ‘BizNavigator’, ‘Best Tone’, being capable of providing all telecom services and multiple convergent services and sales channels. China Te lecom is the parent company of ‘China Telecom Corporation Limited’ and ‘China Communications Services Corporation Limited’. Both of them were listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, New York Stock Exchanges in 2002 and in Hong Kong Stock Exchanges in 2006 respectively.
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