With Mobile World Congress a distant memory, the hot topics from the show are still making headlines. Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi are key themes for 2015 but the highest profile topic remains ubiquitous wireless connectivity and how different radio interfaces will combine to provide this.
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:
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.
STOCKHOLM – February 16, 2015 – Aptilo 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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STOCKHOLM – February 4, 2015 – Aptilo 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.
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.
Connectivity to Next-Generation Wi-Fi is Easy and Seamless; No Need for Cumbersome Usernames or Passwords
Los Gatos, California, and Barueri, Brazil – January 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).
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.
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.