Boingo Wireless, the leading distributed antenna system (DAS), small cells and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, has announced the successful deployment of Wi-Fi 6 at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, Calif.
The launch is part of a commercial trial to test next-generation Wi-Fi capabilities and marks the first known Wi-Fi 6 deployment at a major airport. Wi-Fi 6 is a new industry standard that was developed to advance Wi-Fi capabilities to effectively handle growing traffic demands. It is based on the 802.11ax specification and introduces new features to deliver faster speeds, higher density and faster throughput. Boingo deployed Cisco Wi-Fi 6 technology in SNA’s administration building.
To test the network, Samsung Electronics provided SNA staff with early release Samsung Galaxy devices with 802.11ax chipsets. The Samsung Galaxy S10, which launched in February 2019, is the first family of smartphones with Wi-Fi 6 support. Staff used the Galaxy devices to carry out day-to-day administrative tasks and stream high bandwidth content, experiencing Wi-Fi 6’s high data rates and ultrafast speeds firsthand.
Boingo and SNA are continuing their trial, exploring new use cases to realize the full potential of Wi-Fi 6 in airports.