The FINANCIAL — Denver International Airport (DIA) has the fastest Wi-Fi out of the top seven busiest airports in the nation, according to Wefi, the mobile data analytics company. According to the study, the average speed at DIA is 4.73 Mbps beating out Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK and San Francisco.
Since 2007, DIA has provided public Internet access throughout the airport, and A, B and C gates. Increased use of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops by the traveling public required upgrades to the underlying infrastructure to ensure DIA’s commitment to providing an exceptional passenger experience, according to Denver International Airport.
In 2014, DIA completed an upgrade to the public Wi-Fi infrastructure that serves the concourses. The effort included a $1 million upgrade of the wireless access points, antennas, controllers and switches to new, state- of-the-art Wi-Fi technology. The upgrade to the public Wi-Fi in Jeppesen Terminal is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2016. DIA will be investing an additional $2.5 million in upgrades throughout the entire airport this year.
“The demand for Wi-Fi technology in our facility has grown exponentially over the years,” said DIA’s Chief Information Officer Robert Kastelitz. “Investing in upgraded infrastructure is key to continuously improving the airport experience for those who travel through this airport. We offered Wi-fi since 2007, and these upgrades, which increase bandwidth, offer an even more robust experience for passengers. The best part about it is that it’s easy to access and it’s free.”
The upgrade in 2014 increased the capacity of the infrastructure, while reducing congestion on access points in concourse locations with heavy passenger traffic. The design called for increasing the number of access points and specialized placement to afford consistent signal coverage throughout the public areas of each concourse. Extra attention was paid to the center cores, subcores, and train platform areas. The new architecture and technologies deployed ensure DIA has a robust, scalable public Wi-Fi solution with the ability to meet growing demand.
The improvements have not gone unnoticed. The February 10, 2014 issue of Forbes ranked Denver International Airport as one of the best airports, out of America’s top 15-busiest airports, scored in terms of Wi- Fi connections for consistency and capacity.