|By Business Wire
|February 17, 2014 11:56 AM EST
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Wi-Fi Alliance®
will co-host a demonstration of Wi-Fi® roaming at
Mobile World Congress next week in association with the WBA
Carrier Wi-Fi Summit hosted onsite. Visitors to the demonstration
will be able to experience seamless network authentication where a
number of the latest Passpoint devices will be made available for
attendees to roam on to the demonstration network. Supported by 18
operators, the demonstration offers an exclusive look at a live WBA Next
Generation Hotspot network using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ equipment
from seven vendors, and reflects significant momentum toward
industry-standard easy-to-use Wi-Fi hotspots and roaming.
With data traffic pressure on wireless networks expected to increase
more than 400 percent in the next four years, industry support for Wi-Fi
roaming services leveraging NGH Guidelines and Passpoint is coalescing.
Recent research conducted by Maravedis-Rethink on behalf of WBA
indicates that more than half of operators surveyed have become “more
confident” about investing in public Wi-Fi than in the previous year.
More than 27 global operators have participated in three phases of WBA
NGH trials, and to date, more than 400 devices
have obtained Passpoint certification, including a wide range of
smartphones and tablets.
“The availability of industry-standard Wi-Fi roaming as a successor to
proprietary implementations sets the stage for deployment by a broad set
of mobile operators,” said Caroline Gabriel, Research Director at
Maravedis-Rethink. “Progress in Passpoint device implementation and
broad consensus on roaming guidelines significantly eases deployment,
enabling operators to realize the opportunities for advanced Wi-Fi
In response to Wi-Fi deployment trends among operators, Wi-Fi Alliance
and WBA have expanded their collaboration beyond coordination on hotspot
technology requirements into a broader set of activities to advance
Carrier Wi-Fi. Coordination amongst several influential industry groups
will help define a shared vision for Carrier Wi-Fi and identify early
opportunities to deliver on that vision. Wi-Fi technology innovations
have the potential to further enhance the user experience, drive
end-to-end integration, and improve network management.
“Confidence in Wi-Fi has increased significantly over the past 12 months
as operators view it as a critical part of the hetnet. With Next
Generation Hotspot deployments becoming more commonplace, this
confidence will continue to grow well into the future,” said Shrikant
Shenwai, CEO of Wireless Broadband Alliance. “We are pleased to extend
our work with Wi-Fi Alliance to ensure that our industry is delivering
on the promise of Carrier Wi-Fi.”
“Collaboration among stakeholders is more important than ever as
operator Wi-Fi deployments accelerate,” said Wi-Fi Alliance president
and CEO Edgar Figueroa. “Our work with WBA is an important element to
continue our industry’s progress toward Carrier Wi-Fi.”
The Wi-Fi roaming demonstration takes place as part of the WBA Carrier
Wi-Fi Summit. The event will include a conference, networking
opportunities, and exhibition. Wi-Fi Alliance, a lead industry partner
for the event, will participate with an executive keynote speaker and
help lead a session addressing tactical considerations in deploying
Passpoint and NGH. To see the full agenda, visit: http://www.wballiance.com/carrier-wi-fi-summit/conference-program
About the Wireless Broadband Alliance
Founded in 2003, the aim of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to
secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of
next generation Wi-Fi. In order to make this a reality, the WBA is
currently championing various initiatives in the Wi-Fi ecosystem
including Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) trials, Wi-Fi Roaming and its
Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP). Today, membership includes
major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; seven
of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology
companies such as Cisco, Google and Intel. WBA member operators
collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than
5 million hotspots globally. The WBA Board includes Arqiva, AT&T, Boingo
Wireless, BT, China Mobile, Cisco Systems, Comcast, iPass, KT
Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, Orange and Ruckus Wireless.
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About Wi-Fi Alliance®
Wi-Fi Alliance® is a global non-profit industry association –
our members are the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®.
The members of our collaboration forum come from across the Wi-Fi
ecosystem and share a vision of seamless connectivity. Since 2000, the
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with
proven interoperability, industry-standard security protections, and the
latest technology. Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 18,000
products, delivering the best user experience and encouraging the
expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established
markets. Today, billions of Wi-Fi products carry a significant portion
of the world’s data traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications.
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