October 27, 2004
ICOA Hotspots SC Airport
WARWICK, R.I. — ICOA, Inc. (OTCBB:ICOA), a leading provider of neutral-host wireless broadband Internet networks and managed services in airports, restaurants, marinas, hotels and metro hot zones, today announced the addition of Charleston International Airport (CHS) to its national neutral-host Wi-Fi network. The Charleston airport serves over 1.6 million passengers annually. The growing ANS network is currently operational in eight airports and serves over 22 million passengers annually.
The new high-speed broadband wireless Wi-Fi service for CHS is powered by Airport Network Solutions, an ICOA company, in partnership with Aerolina, a leading provider of broadband Internet access to hotels, parks in the Southeast and to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s ThinkSpot™ hotspot network. The new high-speed broadband wireless Internet network offers passengers at CHS secure, affordable and convenient wireless Internet access from anywhere in the terminal and will provide WLAN services for airport administration and operations functions, airlines and airport concessionaires.
ICOA and Aerolina have partnered to provide design, deployment, and maintenance for the network and ICOA will provide ongoing customer care and the full suite of its back-office solutions including authentication, billing and reporting, from AuthDirect, an ICOA company. The national ICOA-powered airport network includes Spokane International Airport (GEG), the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Airport (BTR), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Manchester Airport (MHT), Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FYI) and Killeen Municipal Airport (GRK).
Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled laptops or PDAs can connect to the Internet to check their e-mail, access their corporate servers, download important documents and surf the Web, with unlimited access from anywhere in the airport for only $6.95 per day. Airport information such as flight schedules, ground transportation information, passenger services and security bulletins can also be accessed at no charge. The new public wireless Internet service is available throughout the entire terminal and does not require users to install or use proprietary software. As a neutral-host network, the ICOA-powered solution for Charleston International Airport will also allow subscribers of branded services, such as iPass and Boingo, access to the network.
“ICOA is pleased to partner with Aerolina in powering this neutral host solution for Charleston International Airport,” said ICOA President Rick Schiffmann. “ANS is the leading national provider of airport-wide neutral-host Wi-Fi networks. We look forward to providing Aerolina and CHS with the full complement of ICOA’s Wi-Fi expertise and rapidly growing national roaming capabilities.”