Wayport and McDonalds’s WiFi get top honours

Wayport and McDonald’s USA are the recipients of the 2006 Best Wireless Deployment (Commercial Sector) Award from Wireless Broadband Innovation Award.

Honors for Wayport and McDonald’s were awarded last month at the Wireless Broadband Industry (WBI) Awards gala in London, England.  Held in partnership with the International Wireless Event Conference, the WBI Awards recognize leadership, innovation and excellence in wireless broadband and are known as “the Oscars of the wireless industry” (Daily Express, May 2006). An independent judging panel composed of leaders in the top wireless companies and publications selected the winner in each category.

“This honor reinforces our commitment in bringing our customers innovative and convenient solutions that enhance their McDonald’s restaurant experience,” said Jim Sappington, vice president, information technology, McDonald’s USA.  “Partnering with Wayport is an excellent way for McDonald’s to demonstrate the convenient wireless services we provide for customers and online gamers in our restaurants.”

“The Wayport team is extremely honored to receive this award with McDonald’s at the Wireless Broadband Industry event,” said Dave Vucina, CEO for Wayport. “The successful deployment of more than 7,000 McDonald’s restaurants is another major milestone for the company and our employees, and we take great pride in the value our services bring to McDonald’s and their franchisees.”

In less than two years, Wayport and McDonald’s USA have deployed wireless Internet access in more than 7,000 McDonald’s restaurants across the United States and continue to deploy many new McDonald’s restaurants every week.


“Wayport and McDonald’s have proven to be true Wireless Broadband Innovation Award winners by providing convenience, excellence and innovation in a highly competitive marketplace,” said Piers Bearne, director of the WBI Awards. “With more than 150 nominations entries from 30 countries across the world, Wayport and McDonald’s are well-positioned to grow into the future serving diverse enterprise needs.”