Advanced Wireless Group Awarded MSP Wi-Fi Contract

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Travelers to the Twin Cities will have free and scalable wireless access starting October 1

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Airport travelers to the Twin Cities will be offered a Wi-Fi model that is tailored specifically to their needs.

Advanced Wireless Group, LLC (AWG), a leader in design, integration, and operation of large venue public wireless networks, announced today that it has been awarded the wireless Internet services (Wi-Fi) contract for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) through a competitive process by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

AWG, the industry pioneer for truly free airport wireless, will begin transitioning service from the current wireless operator on October 1, 2012. As part of the contract, AWG will manage MSP’s wireless infrastructure for five years, with the commission holding an option to extend the deal for an additional three years. With demand expected to increase through the introduction of free wireless connectivity, AWG will implement significant upgrades to MSP’s existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to satisfy the rise in service demand.

“We are seeing a continual trend where the traditional, single, flat fee model for wireless connectivity no longer works for today’s traveler,” said Scott Phillips, President and CEO at AWG. “Airport travelers to the Twin Cities will be offered a Wi-Fi model that is tailored specifically to their needs.”

Under AWG’s hybrid wireless management model, airport customers using the free wireless service will watch a brief advertisement before enjoying between 30 and 45 minutes of connectivity. Travelers can enjoy as many of these free sessions as they choose while visiting MSP. For those preferring an uninterrupted, commercial-free experience, or a session with greater bandwidth, a premium service will also be available for a small fee.

”Travelers have indicated over the years that free Internet access is important to them, and we are pleased that we will soon be able to offer it at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport,” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director/chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. “AWG’s wireless solution will generate the revenues needed to provide a free Wi-Fi option throughout the 2 million square feet of public terminal space at MSP.”

This announcement comes on the heels of recent news that AWG had been awarded the wireless contract for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LAX and MSP join Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Indianapolis International Airport (IND) among those airports using AWG to offer a hybrid Wi-Fi approach to travelers.

About Advanced Wireless Group, LLC
Founded in 2004, Advanced Wireless Group (AWG) is the industry pioneer of free wireless Internet network installation, management and integration into airports and other large venues. For more information on AWG, please visit http://www.awgwifi.com.

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