San Francisco International Airport Launches Wireless Broadband Internet Access Via T-Mobile HotSpot Network

March 04, 2003

City officials and Technology Leaders Cut the Ethernet Cord for Millions of Travelers

Bellevue, Wash. and San Francisco, Calif. — Mar. 5, 2003

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and T -Mobile USA Inc. today announced the availability of high-speed wireless Internet access for passengers traveling through SFO via T-Mobile HotSpotSM service. As part of a multi year lease agreement for T-Mobile to offer Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless broadband (WLAN) service throughout the airport, SFO becomes the latest airport to offer travelers the convenience of using their notebook computer or PDA to check e-mail or surf the Web with a super fast, reliable wireless connection.

The network at SFO will be installed in phases over the next year. The first phase is complete and provides T-Mobile HotSpotSM service today at United Airlines Gates 80 to 90 in Terminal 3 including the food court and Hub lounge, United Airlines’ Red Carpet Club and the ticket and lobby area of the New International Terminal Building. The balance of the airport will be Wi-Fi enabled by the end of the year offering customers wireless connectivity from anywhere in the airport whether at their gate, ticket counter or airport restaurant or lounge.

The service is already available in SFO’s American Airlines Admirals Club as part of a previous agreement. T-Mobile has entered into agreements with Syntegra for the network installation.

The “cutting of the Ethernet cord” for Bay Area travelers will be celebrated at a reception today hosted by Airport Director John L. Martin, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, T-Mobile USA Vice Chairman Bob Stapleton and Intel Corporation Chairman Andy Grove. T-Mobile and Intel announced this week an agreement to launch a joint marketing campaign to promote T-Mobile HotSpotSM service in conjunction with the upcoming introduction of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology for notebook PC’s that feature built-in wireless capability.

Airport Director John Martin said “At SFO, we pride ourselves on being a world-class facility that makes cutting-edge technology available for our savvy travelers. Thanks to this new technology, road warriors can now reclaim lost work time and keep in touch with loved ones while at SFO.”

According to Bob Stapleton, vice chairman of T-Mobile USA, today’s announcement underscores the company’s progress in expanding the service to airports nationwide. “Today’s announcement with the City, our air travel partners, and Intel illustrates the fundamental desire for mobile high-speed Internet and intranet access. These highly capable technology, marketing, and venue partners will allow us to expand our market leading T-Mobile HotSpot service even more rapidly in 2003" said Stapleton.

Currently, T-Mobile HotSpotSM service is available in more than 2200 locations nationwide, including Starbucks coffeehouses, Borders Books and Music and American Airlines Admirals Clubs. Additionally, T-Mobile provides coverage at either American Airlines gates or in whole terminals at fifteen airports in North America. T-Mobile has also announced agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to deploy the service in over 100 of the airline's clubs and lounges this year.

For more information on T-Mobile HotSpotSM service, including a list of active locations, go to

Lindsay Morio

T-Mobile USA Media Relations


About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

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