Wi-Fi Everything

News has come hard and fast from the major mobile technology event Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, and there has been an ongoing theme – the progress of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi has quite clearly been the technology to watch during the event and for good reasons.

The WBA has been active in several ways to convey the message of Wi-Fi at the event, but luckily we found some time to review on-going developments and announcement.
A quick summary of our activities:

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance and GSMA Announce Next Generation Wi-Fi® Network at Mobile World Congress 2015

Public Network at Fira Gran Via Will Enable Automatic Authentication of Mobile Devices onto NGH Wi-Fi Network for Subscribers of Over 30 Networks Including; AT&T, BT, China Mobile, Fon, KT, Orange, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom, Telstra and TELUS

London, UK – 19th February 2015 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi® experience, and the GSMA today announced that they will deploy Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint, based on the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 specification, on the Wi-Fi network at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain from 2-5 March. The network, which will also be supported by the Wi-Fi Alliance®, will allow attendees using Passpoint-enabled iOS and Android from participating mobile operators to automatically roam onto the network using secure credentials and also benefit from a secure Wi-Fi connection.

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Aptilo Enables Wi-Fi Services for FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

STOCKHOLM – February 16, 2015Aptilo Networks, announced today that TeliaSonera is utilizing Aptilo’s Carrier Wi-Fi service management solution to enable carrier-class Wi-Fi services at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden.

The Aptilo solution gives Telia the edge in bringing seamless, secure Wi-Fi services to the Lugnet Ski Arena and throughout the city of Falun. More than 200,000 visitors, journalists and skiers are expected to attend the Championships. Aptilo’s robust platform is purpose-built to manage the high volume traffic anticipated for an event of this magnitude. For FIS, this can mean 30,000+ users on the network at one time.

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Wi-Fi Weekly Business Blog #3

What are Cisco’s VNI research predictions for Wi-Fi?

Last week, Cisco released their latest update of the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2014-2019. We have reviewed their report and picked out their main predictions for Wi-Fi.

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Aptilo Networks Announces Support for Next-Generation Wi-Fi Calling

STOCKHOLM – February 4, 2015Aptilo Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging, announces Aptilo SMP Wi-Fi Calling™, an advanced 3GPP AAA application for the Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) to enable carrier-class, next-generation Wi-Fi Calling.

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Wi-Fi Weekly Business Blog #1

This Week in Wi-Fi…

Recently it was widely reported that Marriott International had been jamming its US customers’ Wi-Fi services within the conference and meeting facilities of their hotel. While the case raised a number of interesting issues, the underlying question is one of making the business model for Wi-Fi provision stack-up for venue providers.

The situation also emphasizes the increasing demand for Wi-Fi access on-demand, anywhere, as it becomes the first and primary choice of connectivity for business and leisure travelers. High quality Wi-Fi has become a pre-requisite for hotels – as it has for all venues according to recent iPass research.

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Linktel and Accuris Networks Give Brazilian Travelers Roaming Solution in North America

Connectivity to Next-Generation Wi-Fi is Easy and Seamless; No Need for Cumbersome Usernames or Passwords

Los Gatos, California, and Barueri, BrazilJanuary 5, 2015 – Brazilians visiting or vacationing in North America can now take advantage of seamless, secure connectivity to Wi-Fi networks when roaming in the United States and Canada thanks to a new multi-phase partnership between Wi-Fi offload and roaming innovator Accuris Networks (www.accuris-networks.com) and telecommunications service provider Linktel (www.linktelcorp.com).

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Wireless Broadband Alliance Research Shows Improved Customer Experience a Key Driver for Carrier Wi-Fi Investment

70% of survey respondents said key motivation for deploying Carrier Wi-Fi is to improve customer experience; 41% also cited it as most important driver for NGH Investment

Singapore – December 2nd, 2014 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today published a report on the Wi-Fi hotspot market compiled by global research company Maravedis-Rethink. The annual survey revealed that 70% of respondents said a key motivation for deploying carrier-grade Wi-Fi in their systems would be to improve customer experience and therefore increase subscriber retention. In addition, 41% cited this as the single most important driver to invest in NGH, ahead of offload.

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WBA Wi-Fi Industry Survey: Improved Customer Experience a Key Driver for Carrier Wi-Fi Investment

Today, the WBA published its report on the Wi-Fi hotspot market compiled by global research company Maravedis-Rethink. The annual survey revealed that 70% of respondents said a key motivation for deploying carrier-grade Wi-Fi in their systems would be to improve customer experience and therefore increase subscriber retention. In addition, 41% cited this as the single most important driver to invest in NGH, ahead of offload.

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