Wireless Broadband Alliance Brings World Leaders in Wi-Fi to International Festival of Business 2016

Announces Wi-Fi Global Congress to be held as part of next year’s IFB in Liverpool, UK

London Stock Exchange & Singapore – June 24th, 2015 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today has announced that the Wi-Fi Global Congress (WGC) 2016 will be held in Liverpool as part of the International Festival for Business (IFB) from 27th – 30th June 2016.

The WBA’s Wi-Fi Global Congress is leading the field in showcasing current technological developments and innovation in the unlicensed and Wi-Fi industry, including Carrier and Public Wi-Fi developments and will be instrumental in providing a platform for wireless connectivity at the IFB event.

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WBA Expands with 22 New Members to Help Drive Development of Next Generation Wi-Fi

AT4 wireless, Benu Networks, Google, iBwave, Mimosa, Spirent, Sprint, Swisscom and ViaSat among members joining Wireless Broadband Alliance

London, UK & Singapore – 18 May 2015 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today welcomed 22 new members that have joined its efforts to drive the growth of next generation Wi-Fi networks and services, such as the WBA’s Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) initiative.

The new members include; AT4 wireless, Benu Networks, Birdstep, Cloud4Wi, Euclid, Google, iBwave, InterDigital, Liquid Telecom, Mimosa, Ozone, Private Wi-Fi, Progresif, Purple Wi-Fi, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Space Wireless, Spirent, Sprint, Swisscom, ViaSat, Wyless and yoctoComm bringing the total WBA membership to 108. They join existing members which include leading technology companies such as AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel Corporation, iPass, KT Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, Orange and Time Warner Cable. WBA operator members collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 10 million hotspots globally.

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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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