Boston Convention Center Getting Wi-Fi Upgrade

BCEC Exterior

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has begun a $2.6 million wireless infrastructure overhaul at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), it announced yesterday. The project will increase the number of existing wireless Internet access points at the convention center by 413 percent, from 113 currently to at least 580, and will support more users per access point.

"Today's meeting attendees come to conventions with at least two Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices and the expectation that they will receive reliable, fast wireless connectivity," MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney said in a statement. "Boston is the hub of innovation and technology leadership, so meeting professionals and event attendees expect more from Boston. Our goal is to operate the two most technologically advanced centers in the world, not according to us but in the judgment of our clients. We are confident our latest investment in our wireless infrastructure will allow us to further exceed the expectations of our BCEC customers."

Added Neil Reid, principal of Neil Reid & Associates, which helped MCCA plan the upgrade, "The new state-of-the-art Wi-Fi system designed, and presently being installed at the BCEC, represents not only the best of breed in wireless and networking technologies, but critically it also represents the very latest of what is understood about the engineering and delivery of very-high-capacity Wi-Fi networks … Boston customers will be able to enjoy some of the fastest, most stable, and resilient Wi-Fi experience to be had in the convention center industry."

Installation of the new wireless network is scheduled for completion in spring 2015. It will undergo live testing and phased implementation from May until September.

A similar wireless infrastructure upgrade is planned for 2016 at Boston's John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

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