Last December 2016, Dubai International Airport (DXB) deployed the world’s fastest free Wi-Fi network for its travelers. Thanks to its incredible infrastructure, its WLAN is able to offer a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the airport, allowing travelers to surf the internet with a 100 Mbps speed.
The secret of this Wi-Fi network is hidden within its infrastructure composed of more than 6.000 access points, a big challenge for the technology department of the Dubai airport. Investing in many access points is the best solution when deploying a WLAN in a large, public area. If there are not enough access points, there is a risk that people won’t get a good Wi-Fi signal, and at times even no signal at all if the user is outside the router’s Wi-Fi range. Having multiple access points also allows you to spread a better Wi-Fi signal across the cover area and to increase the number of concurrent users that can have access to your Wi-Fi network.
Thanks to this infrastructure, Dubai International Airport offers to its travelers a Wi-Fi network with high performances deployed within the entire airport, named WOW-Fi.
WOW-Fi is a free service for travelers to enjoy an unlimited time session on the internet. The aim of this Wi-Fi network is to enhance the traveler’s experience at the airport by allowing them to be online and connected to the whole world. The technology department also developed one application for each terminal in order to be as close as possible with travelers’ information needs.
According to Michael Ibbitson, the vice-president of the technology department and Dubai Airport’s infrastructure, “With WOW-Fi passengers will get a speed of up to 100 Mbps to enable them to quickly download or upload emails, pictures, videos and social media updates and then get on with enjoying the airport or connecting to their friends and family across the world”.
As a result of this latest project, the Dubai Airport Wi-Fi network registered around 100.000 unique users every day.