Boingo wins contract to build Wi-Fi 6 network at Rockefeller Center

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Boingo will design, install and manage a Wi-Fi 6 network at Rockefeller Center. (Pixabay)

Boingo Wireless landed another big deal in New York City, this time with Rockefeller Center, where it will design, install and manage a Wi-Fi 6 network.

Boingo said it was chosen for its Wi-Fi 6 solution, which can power advanced 5G services with high speeds, low latency, power efficiency and enhanced security.

Wi-Fi 6 is the most recent version of the Wi-Fi standard. It’s paired with Passpoint hotspot and offload technology, so Rockefeller Center guests, consumers and employees will get the benefits of a secure and seamless Wi-Fi 6 experience.

“Boingo is a Wi-Fi 6 pioneer, and we’re honored to help power a new generation of connectivity at Rockefeller Center,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley in a statement. “Our Wi-Fi 6 networks provide the foundation for a host of current and emerging uses from supporting thousands of connected devices to delivering mission-critical business applications, to streaming ultra-high-definition movies or providing touchless health and safety monitoring protocols.”

The landmark property spans 22 acres in Manhattan and includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces. Rockefeller Center actually encompasses three city blocks and consists of more than 7 million square feet spread across 12 buildings, which include shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and offices.

But it’s not the biggest build in Boingo’s history. That title goes to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York, which chose Boingo to design, build and operate wireless services for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Atlantic Branch and Grand Central Terminal East Side Access facility. That was announced back in 2018 and remains Boingo’s largest build, according to the company.

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Boingo, which bills itself as the leading distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi providers, signed a Tier 1 carrier to the Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Branch portion of the MTA project, according to a spokesperson. That’s to supply DAS, but the company didn’t identify which carrier.

Other New York City venues for Boingo are the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), and Newark (EWR) airports.