WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boingo Wireless, a leading provider of wireless solutions for the U.S. military, has launched a new, neutral-host cellular tower at U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii’s Helemano Military Reservation (HMR). The tower infrastructure designed, constructed and managed by Boingo Wireless enhances wireless service for military families, personnel and visitors—a significant improvement for quality-of-life and mission critical efforts. The project includes 5G coverage for AT&T and Verizon and brings robust wireless coverage to a more remote location that had struggled with inadequate connectivity. Additional improvements for T-Mobile customers will be completed by the end of the year.
Boingo is the Department of Defense’s (DOD) trusted partner, providing cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity at more than 85 Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Homeland Security Training Center locations worldwide. The Company supports the DOD by designing, building and managing technology-agnostic communication infrastructure that meet the unique needs of U.S. military bases and their mission.
“As professionals in the field of communication, we understand the significance of this HMR cellphone tower in our close-knit community,” said 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion – Enhanced Commander Lt. Col. Izabella Lundy. “This infrastructure will provide our Soldiers and their families with reliable access to emergency services, facilitate communication with loved ones, and support the seamless conduct of daily business. Witnessing the collaborative efforts of numerous organizations to make this project a reality has been truly inspiring.”
Located approximately five miles north above Wahiawa, HMR offers military housing for approximately 2,000 service members and families stationed at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield. Boingo’s cellular tower is on the grounds of the Exchange’s HMR Express store in the center of the reservation and nicknamed “Dragon” for the 307th ESB-E, which is headquartered on HMR.
The military community, Boingo and the Exchange celebrated the 5G milestone Jan. 8 with a ceremony attended by Brig. Gen. Kevin Meisler, 311th Signal Command (Theater) commanding general; Command Chief Warrant Officer Robert Christian, 311th Signal Command (Theater); Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan DeHart, 311th Signal Command (Theater); Col. Andrew Brokhoff, 516th Signal Brigade commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Dominique Davis, 516th Signal Brigade; Lt. Col. Izabella Lundy, 307th ESB-E commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Mahoma Tello, 307th ESB-E; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nathaniel Floyd, Jr., 307th ESB-E data operations warrant officer.
Also in attendance were Col. Jason Beck, Exchange Pacific Region commander; Sgt. Maj. Generose Green, Exchange Pacific Region senior enlisted advisor; Michael Ryan, Hawaii Consolidated Exchange general manager; William Earls, Exchange connectivity telecom program specialist; and Jackie Arbour, Boingo Wireless vice president of towers & small cells.
“Nothing is more fulfilling than serving military communities with wireless coverage that enhances daily quality of life and enables Soldiers to communicate with loved ones. We’re extremely proud to work with the Exchange and base leaders to simplify complex tower deployments and build a remarkable 13 new cell towers in Hawaii. These towers, all with Tier One carrier service, will dramatically enhance much-needed cellular connectivity for base operations, and all those working and living on base,” said Rebecca Gray, senior vice president and general manager, military at Boingo Wireless.
The Dragon tower is one of 13 new or in-progress cell towers from Boingo to expand connectivity and reliability to military communities throughout USAG Hawaii.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. simplifies complex wireless challenges to connect people, business and things. Boingo designs, builds and manages converged, neutral host public and private networks at major venues around the world. Boingo’s vast footprint of distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi, small cells and macro towers securely powers innovation and connectivity in airports, transit stations, stadiums, military bases, hospitals, commercial properties and enterprises worldwide. Learn more at boingo.com.