TWC and Boingo enter Wifi roaming agreement

05 June 2014 | Sophie Donoghue

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has signed a Wifi roaming agreement with wireless provider Boingo to extend its Wifi coverage.

The deal will give TWC customers access to more than 100 of Boingo’s hotspot locations, including airports, train stations and NYC subway stations, while Boingo customers will have access to TWC’s 35,000 hotspots in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Charlotte.

“Our agreement with Time Warner Cable greatly enhances our network of partner hotspots in the US, providing added value for our Boingo Unlimited and Boingo Mobile customers,” said Nick Hulse, president of Boingo Wireless. “We’re thrilled to extend access to the TWC Wifi Hotspots to our customers in cities from coast to coast.”

The move is part of TWC’s strategy to expand its Wifi hotspot portfolio as a way to complement its customers' broadband service in the home.

“Free Wifi adds tremendous value to our internet service. Now, our customers can stay connected when they travel with free access to Boingo hotspots in major airports and other popular locations around the country,” said Rob Cerbone, VP of mobile products for TWC.

TWC and Boingo are part of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, an industry association to promote interoperability between operators in the Wifi industry, and both have agreed to participate in a next-generation hotspot trial which will allow passpoint-enabled devices to connect to Wifi seamlessly.

US conglomerate Comcast is in the process acquiring Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal, which could be finalised by the end of this year if approved by regulators.