Boingo Wireless announced today a partnership with The Cloud the leading Wi-Fi hot spot operator in the United Kingdom, that will give users of the Boingo roaming system access to more than 2,500 additional hot spots throughout the U.K.
The agreement teams two of the leading Wi-Fi companies and is part of Boingo's push to expand its Wi-Fi roaming system throughout Europe. For The Cloud, the deal is a further step in the development of its wholesale model.
Under the terms of the agreement, users of the Boingo roaming system from the U.S., continental Europe and the rest of the world will have secure, fast Wi-Fi access across the entire Cloud network, currently installed in at over 2,500 hot spot locations, with 100 new locations being added every week.
The Cloud is Europe's largest Wi-Fi network, with over 2,500 hotspots operating in high traffic, public space sites across the UK. A division of Inspired Broadcast Networks, a leading provider of digital entertainment terminals and broadband services, The Cloud has access to site locations via Inspired's estate of more than 6,000 itbox in-venue, broadband enabled digital entertainment terminals as well as through third party site owner deals with organisations such as NWP Spectrum, a leading provider of payphones and Internet kiosks. As a wholesale network operator, The Cloud offers access to its network to third party service providers who in turn re-sell this access onto consumers.
As a network aggregator, Boingo is working with dozens of Wi-Fi hot spot operators to combine their networks and allow users to subscribe to one service that delivers high-speed wireless access wherever they go. The company has been aggressively expanding outside of the U.S. and now has hot spot locations in Europe, Japan, Australia, Latin America, India and Canada.
Boingo has built a Wi-Fi roaming system that includes the networks of more than 40 Wi-Fi hot spot operators. Users of this roaming system can subscribe to one service offered by Boingo's partners that delivers high-speed wireless access wherever they go. The company recently began expanding outside of the U.S. and has hot spot locations in Europe, Japan, Australia, Latin America, India and Canada.
Boingo packages its roaming system with its award-winning client software and back-office services for managing roaming and billing, and provides it on a completely private-label basis to carriers, ISPs and MSPs through Boingo Platform Services. Boingo's current Platform Services partners include Earthlink, Fiberlink, T-Mobile (U.S.).