This is all about the NYC sunway system but comes to us in a press release from Los Angeles.
California-based Boingo Wireless, self-described as “the Wi-fi industry's leading provider of software and services worldwide” announced an agreement with Transit Wireless (the NYC firm charged with getting Wi-fi into our subway stations).
Boingo has been chosen to manage and operate Wi-fi Internet services within the NYC subway system.
They say the service will gradually roll-out, system-wide, within the next five years.
In today's press release, Boingo said
“The agreement will eventually allow New York City Transit Authority's more than 1.6 billion annual subway riders to connect to the Internet using their smartphones, e-readers, tablets and other wireless devices while waiting for a train. Once completed, Boingo Wi-fi services will be available at stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.”
Of course, no one is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. This will be a pay service although future fees have not been announced. Again, according to Boingo:
“One-click Wi-fi access will be available to Boingo subscribers, as well as Boingo's Wi-fi roaming partners, including Skype, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Expanding Boingo's network of managed hotspots to include New York City's subway stations continues the company's growth in consumer service venues including shopping malls, stadiums, arenas and quick service restaurants, as well as the airport networks it operates globally.”
It would have been nice if they could have found a NYC-based company to install and handle the service, but Boingo has the know-how to do the job. At least they chose an American company. I say that because a firm named Broadcast Australia owns a controlling interest in the other half of the deal, Transit Wireless.