PORT OF OAKLAND AND SPRINT ANNOUNCE IMPROVED WI-FI SERVICE AT OAK
Now Travelers Can Connect From Every Corner of the Terminals
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Port of Oakland and Sprint staff jointly "cut the wire" today and unveiled Oakland International Airport's (OAK) new high-speed wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) network. Now, travelers at OAK can connect wirelessly to high-speed Internet service from all public areas in the terminals.
Today's announcement included a demonstration of how OAK travelers can now use their Wi-Fi enabled laptops to access the network, enabling them to conduct their business affairs at speeds up to 100 times faster than dial-up networks. While waiting for departing flights or for pick-up, travelers can connect in all public areas of the airport such as ticket counters, restaurants, boarding gates and baggage claim.
"Oakland International Airport travelers have asked for improved Wi-Fi service and we're pleased to partner with Sprint to deliver this needed customer service," said Steven J. Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport. "Oakland has become the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents, because we continue to identify our travelers' needs and then deliver them," he added.
Sprint offers both daily and monthly service plans allowing flexibility and ease of use for travelers on-the-go. Travelers have the option of purchasing 24-hour and monthly service plans at rates of $9.95 and $49.95, respectively. Signing up for monthly service gives customers Wi-Fi access not only at OAK, but at over 23,000 Sprint "hot spots" worldwide. For locations, visit Sprint.com/wifi and click on "Resources".
"With the growing availability of Sprint connectivity options, business travel does not need to involve communications downtime," explained Matt Schiller, Director of Business Development, Sprint. "Wait time before or between flights is no longer wasted time in terms of lost productivity or missed opportunity. Business customers want technology solutions that increase productivity, reduce costs and create a competitive advantage for their mobile workforce. Sprint is addressing these needs by delivering superior data solutions."
The timing has been right for Sprint to install the Wi-Fi infrastructure while construction crews have been renovating and expanding Terminal 2 and making improvements to Terminal 1. Previously, Wi-Fi service at OAK was offered by another provider, but limited to a few boarding gates. To access Wi-Fi at OAK, users will need a Wi-Fi embedded chip in their laptop computers or a card that can be purchased at electronics stores.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint Nextel's local division serves approximately 7.5 million access lines in 18 states. For more information, visit Sprint.com.
About Oakland International Airport (OAK)
OAK has embarked on a $350 million Terminal Improvement Program, the largest aviation project in its 78-year history. Begun in April 2004, the program is comprised of the Terminal 2 improvement project using "green building" technology, that includes a new concourse with five additional boarding gates and waiting areas; expanded ticketing, security and baggage claim facilities; new utilities; and the Terminal Roadway and Curbside project that will improve terminal access and ease congestion in front of the terminals. Program completion is expected in 2007.
OAK currently has over 200 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 42 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico beach cities, and seasonal service to the Azores (Portugal), Costa Rica and Sun Valley, Idaho. OAK served 14.1 million passengers and handled 672,000 metric tons of cargo in 2004. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.