Fort Lauderdale to add Wi-Fi, but reveals the dollars behind it: The airport says that the cost of building out a data network across the airport was $1.6 million, of which the Wi-Fi portion was tiny. This compares to the Massports Boston-Logan request for proposals which estimates the build out cost at $2.5 million across all but Terminal E, which may have a separate arrangement.
Several hot spot firms told me that 75 percent of the cost of build out for Wi-Fi is typically the Ethernet backbone and other facilities. For the Boston proposal to get good bidders, I have heard, they need to eat their backbone costs, which could reduce the contractor's cost to perhaps $500K to $750K.
Roving Planet is cited as the company providing equipment, and the article says Roving Planet runs LaGuardia, too. As far as I know Wayport operates the OSS (billing, authentication, etc.) for LaGuardia and Concourse wired and unwired it. Did Roving Planet provide the hardware? Or that a misstatement in the article?