On behalf of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the sponsors, exhibitors and participants of our incredibly successful Carrier Wi-Fi Summit at MWC this week. This was the first time we have carried out an event of this scale and we have you to thank for helping us to make this the huge success that it was.
Thursday heralded Day 2 of the WBA‘s Carrier Wi-Fi Summit presentation program that was attended over 250 visitors! The Alliance’s Chairman JR Wilson delivered the opening address where he gave an update on the progress that has been made with NGH. The technology is now a commercial reality with hotspots being deployed by the likes of KT, China Mobile and Boingo, as well as the NGH Live Experience happening at the event.
Alex Sinclair, the CTO of the GSMA, followed this by giving an overview of the work the GSMA and WBA have been doing together since 2011. He also delved in to the topic of a ‘Connected Society’ and what is needed to make this commonplace. The economic and social benefits of a connected society are clear and Wi-Fi, as well as cellular, are key enablers of this.
We have made it to Day 3 of Mobile World Congress and the launch of the WBA’s Carrier Wi-Fi Summit presentation program which had an impressive 300 attendees! This was kicked off by the WBA’s Chairman JR Wilson (AT&T Mobility), who’s opening address focused on transforming the connected world with Next Generation Wi-Fi. This was followed by Dr. Reza Jafari, Chairman & CEO of e-Development International, who discussed the evolving role of Wi-Fi for operators.
Another great day at the at the Carrier Wi-Fi Summit kicked off with Steve Hratko from Ruckus Wireless speaking about Indoor Location and Managed WLAN Services in Hall 8.0 of the Fira.
On day one at MWC 2014, the WBA kicked off its very first Carrier Wi-Fi Summit in Hall 8.0 of the Fira. The day began with a workshop program that had over 150 attendees! It was opened by Elitecore who posed the question: ‘what is Next In Carrier Wi-Fi: Monetization and upcoming trends in SP Wi-Fi?’
Turkish Airlines passengers will be able to access the internet on the sky with TTNET Wifi Fly as from April.
A partnership agreement was concluded yesterday between Turkish Airlines and TTNET in a ceremony hosted by Turkish Airlines at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters with the participations of Chairman of the Board at Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) Tayfun Acarer, Turkish Airlines’ General Manager Assoc. Prof. Temel Kotil and TTNET’ General Manager Abdullah Orkun Kaya. TTNET became the internet service provider for WiFi services on Turkish Airlines’ fleet (on the aircrafts equipped with internet access) and a brand partner of Turkish Airlines with this agreement.
Organizations continue to collaborate on Carrier Wi-Fi solutions
Singapore and Austin, Texas, February 17 2014 – 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.
At the end of last week, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) unveiled a comprehensive definition of Carrier Wi-Fi, to help drive closer alignment with its cellular counterparts. Carrier Wi-Fi is seen by operators as an important step to improving the Wi-Fi user experience, as it is increasingly used for cellular offload and delivering new services. The WBA Guidelines concluded that the following standardized Carrier Wi-Fi capabilities are needed to ensure networks can reliably scale to meet the requirements of the industry:
The ability to switch wireless devices such as tablets and smartphones automatically between Wi-Fi and a cellular service has so far been seen largely as a way for mobile operators to cope with proliferating traffic by getting data off their networks. But the real promise of such seamless switching between cellular and Wi-Fi lies in being able to deliver a continuous high quality experience that maximises coverage and optimises network performance. This in turn requires software in the user’s device to execute the transparent switching on the basis of business rules, taking account of factors such as traffic levels on the two networks, the user’s device status and the applications currently running.