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NOV 2018

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November 2018 airportbusiness 23 COVER STORY “We were constructing a Wi-Fi network and a DAS network so it was really important to be aligned between our DAS project team and the carrier teams and the Wi-Fi team,” she said. “We’re typically not installing Wi-Fi and a DAS at the same time.” Wi-Fi and cellular working in tandem is called network convergence, which provides more throughput, reduced latency, better coverage and lower costs. Network convergence helps the wireless platform lay the necessary foundation for airports to answer the demand for more mobile data and wireless connectivity. Aiello said this will be especially important for 5G. Aiello said the DAS deployment was carrier-ready in April. It took longer because the team needed to work with each carrier on specific designs. “It’s a partnership with HDOT. The communication cadence was tightened,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that at the state level and at the local airport level that all stakeholders, whether they’re a deputy director or an IT manager, were fully exposed. There was transparency with how we were doing, if we were on schedule and if we needed to escalate anything to help push things through.” Higashi said Boingo invested more than $1 million into the Wi-Fi infrastructure. The airport didn’t pay anything and will be provided monthly revenue as part of the agreement. “They’re basically a concession,” he said. Aiello said more than 70 percent of the network was deployed prior to the holiday season, which included the central and main terminals. “That challenge was really making sure we were collaborating with our partner and delivering the right experience for that airport and for those travelers based on their needs,” Aiello said. HDOT has worked with concessionaires to build more indoor space at the Honolulu airport to provide more climate controlled areas. WHAT IS 5G? • Next and newest wireless standard that will succeed 4G • Delivers incredibly fast broadband speeds, ultra-low latency and massive capacity • Will help power smart buildings, smart cities, smart airports and more • Presents new opportunities for revolutionizing the passenger experience • Requires hyper-dense airport network environments that leverage converged Wi-Fi and cellular solutions • Expected to usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and drive social and economic development • Early 5G launches will hit in 2018, but wider commercial deployments are anticipated for 2020 Source: Boingo Wireless Photo: Joe Petrie/Airport Business

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