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NTT DoCoMo is letting Boingo’s customers onto its 55,000-node strong hotspot network in Japan, increasing Boingo’s presence there to 60,000 hotspots. In turn DoCoMo customers get access to Boingo’s network of 600,000 hotspots.

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Boingo customers with a yen to travel to Japan will now find plenty of wireless broadband available to their smartphones, tablets and laptops. The Wi-Fi aggregator on Wednesday announced a deal with NTT DoCoMo which not only gives it a huge new presence in Japan, but also increases its global hotspot count by 10 percent.

In two separate but reciprocal agreements, DoCoMo’s network of 55,000 hotspots will all become virtual nodes in Boingo’s Wi-Fi network. Before the deal, Boingo customers had access to only 5,000 hotspots in Japan. In turn, NTT DoCoMo customers will be able to roam onto Boingo’s global network, which now boasts 600,000 hotspots.

Boingo’s presence has expanded considerably in the last two years. It has announced similar roaming and offload deals with Korean carriers KT and LG U+ which together host 67,000 access points.

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