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.
WBA WGC Made San Francisco the “Hotspot” for All Things Wi-Fi
Following the record breaking success of this year’s Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco, we are pleased to announce that the next Congress will take place in London on the 18th – 22nd May 2014. We are in the process of putting together an engaging agenda along with a range of exciting activities, all focusing on the future of Carrier Wi-Fi. Watch this space for more information.
After the excitement of yesterday’s awards ceremony, Day 2 of the conference program was kicked off by the WBA’s Co-Chairman Chris Bruce (BT) whose opening address recapped yesterday’s events, introduced the notion of a ‘Wi-Fi Onesie’ and gave an interesting overview of the UK wireless landscape. He revealed that 7 out of 10 people now feel safer online in Scotland and the future of Wi-Fi needs to be ‘citizen centric’. Sustainable monetization is also key!
The WBA is very proud to announce the winners of the Wi-Fi Industry Awards 2014. The awards recognize Wi-Fi innovations by operators, vendors, device manufacturers and new ventures within the industry, and were presented tonight at a gala awards dinner at the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco.
After three days of workshops and closed meetings, today marked the launch of the WBA’s Wi-Fi Global Congress presentation program which boasted an impressive 450 attendees! This was kicked off by the WBA’s Chairman JR Wilson (AT&T Mobility), whose opening address gave an inspiring insight in to the industry achievements of 2014 and exciting projects of what is to come in 2015. There was even a round of applause for all those who helped to make NGH live in San Francisco a reality. He revealed that there are already 4 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices in use and 70% of mobile broadband is carried over Wi-Fi.
Today marked the first day of a number of promotional activities which centred around Next Generation Hotspot and Passpoint. Greg Ennis, Vice President of Technology for the Wi-Fi Alliance kicked off proceedings with the launch of Passpoint Release 2. He highlighted the strategic importance of Wi-Fi in today’s mobile world and revealed that there are now more than 700 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint devices available to end-users.
In 2012, the WBA unveiled its Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP), an initiative created to streamline the way its members work together on a common set of technical and commercial frameworks for Wi-Fi roaming.
Following yesterday’s vote made by the Alliance Board Directors, the WBA is pleased to announce the continued appointment of J.R. Wilson, Vice President of Partnerships & Alliances for AT&T Mobility, as its Chairman, a position he has held for the past two years. Chris Bruce, Director of BT, will also remain as the Alliance’s Co Chairman.
The WBA has announced new measures to accelerate the deployment of Community Wi-Fi networks where subscribers allow part of the capacity of their residential gateway to be open to casual use. The WBA has published a whitepaper that details Community Wi-Fi service levels, network architectures, and implementation details, as well as sharing case studies from existing providers. This is the result of nine months of collaboration with over 20 major players in the Wi-Fi ecosystem and the next step will be to send the whitepaper to a number of Industry forums for review. They include 3GPP, Broadband Forum, CableLabs, GSMA, IEEE, NGMN, Small Cell Forum and Wi-Fi Alliance.
The WBA today announced significant advances in Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) deployments including 12 live commercial NGH deployments from WBA member operators from the US (Boingo, Towerstream, Time Warner Cable), Asia (KT, NTT DOCOMO, SKT, Telkom Indonesia), Europe (Orange), South America (Linktel) and the Middle East (Mobily), supported by infrastructure vendor members such as Aruba Networks, Cisco and Ruckus Wireless. These developments, and the others in the pipeline, show that the adoption and deployment of NGH and Passpoint network equipment and devices is becoming increasingly mainstream with more operators looking set to follow suit in the coming years.