SOURCE: FreeFi Networks

FreeFi Networks

FreeFi Networks

December 17, 2010 14:00 ET

ShakaNet Launches Free WiFi to Honolulu International Airport to Benefit Both Daily Users and Holiday Travelers

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) - ShakaNet, Inc., the largest provider of wireless Internet services in Hawaii, today announced that it is partnering with FreeFi Networks Inc. to provide free wireless Internet access to passengers throughout the concourses, lounges and concession areas of Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

"This is the first deployment of free wireless services at Honolulu International Airport, the largest airport in the state of Hawaii," said Nam Vu, Chief Technology Officer for ShakaNet. ShakaNet (www.shaka.net) provides Internet service at the airports throughout the islands of Hawaii as well as many of the state's premier hotels.

 "We're happy to be able to provide this service at no cost to passengers at Honolulu International Airport during the holiday season," Vu said. "We would especially like to welcome our Kama'aina to enjoy the free service on any device that has WiFi capabilities, even iPhones, other smart phones and iPads."

Vu said that the new free Wi-Fi access will be a boon to many of the state's commuters and business travelers who use the airport daily, in addition to the large influx of travelers coming to Hawaii during the holiday season. Over the next few weeks the ShakaNet/FreeFi partnership will announce many more locations where the ShakaNet Wi-Fi service will be available for free.

FreeFi Networks is a premier provider of content and advertiser-supported Internet access for the traveling public. Free Wi-Fi access at Denver International Airport,Oakland International Airport and John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., is currently powered by FreeFi Networks.

"We are very excited to work with the FreeFi team leveraging their experience in providing free WiFi with our long-term commitment to proving quality service. Our goal is to deliver a free quality Internet experience to business and leisure travelers while generating revenue for the venue," Vu said.

"ShakaNet offers an outstanding wireless experience for its customers in multiple venues across Hawaii," said Richard Bogen, Chief Executive Officer of FreeFi Networks. "We are proud to be able to partner with them to provide fast, reliable and free wireless connectivity for the thousands of people using their systems daily."

ShakaNet users will find their free WiFi experience to be particularly enhanced through advertising and content from Zinio, the exclusive provider of video advertising on the free Hawaiian network connection, Bogen said. Zinio, the world's largest newsstand and bookstore, is revolutionizing reading by offering a vast selection of digital content and services.

"We are very excited to reach the extended traveler in the Hawaiian Islands through ShakaNet's free WiFi services," said Jeanniey Mullen, Global Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Zinio. "The free Zinio UNITY™ reading platform offers travelers an outstanding experience that adds convenience and fun into the travel process. We hope that all travelers will be able to use Zinio to enjoy their favorite magazines and books digitally (on their iPads, iPhone's and computers) while online in the terminals and offline once they are the plane, without adding even one more ounce of weight to their luggage."

About ShakaNet
ShakaNet is the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) in Hawaii. Founded in 2002 and based in Honolulu, ShakaNet provides public Internet access solutions via Wi-Fi Hotspots, and custom locally-built Automated Internet Kiosks at more than 60 locations on four islands. ShakaNet also provides a full range of cost-effective Internet solutions for hotels, offices, apartments, condominiums and airports using wireless, traditional wired, and Automated Internet Kiosk solutions. For information, visit www.shaka.net or email info@shaka.net.

About FreeFi Networks
FreeFi Networks is a premier provider of content and advertiser-supported Wi-Fi networks in major transportation venues such as airports, trains, and buses. FreeFi is recognized for attracting national and regional advertisers including Charles Schwab, Zinio, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Holiday Inn, MasterCard, Microsoft, Nokia, Sprint, Toshiba and Verizon, among others. FreeFi Networks also has partnered with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to provide popular video on demand rentals from the Walt Disney Studios. FreeFi Networks is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York City and Boulder, CO. For information, visit www.freefinet.com, or contact Richard Bogen at rich.bogen@freefinet.com or Steven Green at sgreen@freefinet.com

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