Wi-Flies: DIA boasts the fastest net­work

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Ta­mara Chuang

If you’re at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port, you must try the Wi-Fi ser­vice — if only to see what it’s like to be on the planet’s fastest air­port net­work.

That rank is awarded by Ookla, the com­pany be­hind the pop­u­lar speedtest.net test site. DIA ranked at the top for free pub­lic Wi-Fi in North Amer­ica for the sec­ond straight year. Not only did DIA boast the fastest down­load speed — 78.22 megabits per sec­ond — it was 27 per­cent faster than last year’s speed.

Ookla tested the free air­port Wi-Fi speeds at 30 air­ports be­tween March and May. And the re­sults weren’t close.

Phil­a­del­phia In­ter­na­tional Air­port took sec­ond, with speeds of 41.39 mbps. San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which ranked third, with 45.31 mbps, showed the great­est im­prove­ment with speeds 717.9 per­cent bet­ter than last year.

Ookla also tested cel­lu­lar data ser­vice speeds. DIA ranked 10th, with a 59 per­cent im­prove­ment over last time. Av­er­age down­load speeds were 26.32 mbps. The air­port in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Colum- bia, had the fastest cel­lu­lar data ser­vice, with av­er­age down­load speeds of 59.84 mbps.

When DIA first won the honor, in Jan­uary, DIA se­nior vice pres­i­dent for tech­nolo­gies Robert Kastelitz said the air­port had spent about $2.5 mil­lion to up­grade all the wire­less ac­cess points since 2015. It had also hired Cen­tu­ryLink to sup­ply two re­dun­dant 10 gi­ga­bit links for the whole air­port, and it uses the lat­est Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy, 802.11ac, to get more com­pat­i­ble de­vices con­nected at faster rates.

DIA hasn’t done much since the last Ookla test, said DIA spokesman Heath Mont­gomery.

“We know it’s one of the most soughtafter ameni­ties at the air­port,” Mont­gomery said Thurs­day. “And it is re­flec­tive of the speeds we’re see­ing in­ter­nally. (Ookla’s) re­ports are say­ing we’re 27 per­cent faster than last time. It doesn’t get a whole lot bet­ter than that.”

Ookla has also re­cently tested in Africa, Europe and Asia.

DIA, by far, was the fastest, prompt­ing Ookla to de­clare it “the fastest Wi-Fi we’ve seen at any air­port on the planet.”

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