These days as we have become more connected to friends, family and work through the Internet at all times of the day and night, it is often very annoying if we find ourselves in a location for a long period of time and can’t get online (others may find it a blessing in disguise and a relief!) This particularly goes for airports, especially if travelling alone and flights are delayed.
But, provisionally from next month (October), passing several hours at any of Spain’s 46 airports will cease to be so tedious for those without Internet connection, as the contract to provide all of Aena’s airports and heliports has now been awarded.
The contract has been assigned to Eurona Telecom, a Barcelona-based company founded in 2001 that provides Internet access and telephony connectivity for individuals, businesses and communities in Spain, Italy, the UK and Ireland.
Eurona Telecom will provide this service for the duration of two years, with the possibility to extend it to another year after.
The agreement the company has made is to provide free and unlimited Wi-Fi to all of Aena’s 46 national airports and 2 heliports, and this is provisionally expected to begin in October and will provide Internet services for approximately 200 million passengers. Eurona Telecom will also continue to offer its premium service that users have to pay for.
The telecommunications group has announced that with this contract added to all its others across the four countries previously mentioned, it will be the leading Internet services provider for airports in the world.
Eurona Telecom was already present in 28 Spanish airports via Kubi Wireless, which it acquired in 2013.
Up until now, it has been possible to connect to the Internet for 30 minutes without charge in Spain’s airports, but this latest move of technological advance will ensure that a further 8 million passengers a year are connected.