A Record Breaking Week at the WBA’s Carrier Wi-Fi Summit in Barcelona

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.

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Carrier Wi-Fi Summit @MWC 2014 – Day 4 Roundup

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.

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Carrier Wi-Fi Summit @MWC 2014 – Day 3 Roundup

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.

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Carrier Wi-Fi Summit @MWC 2014 – Day 1 Roundup

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?’

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Wireless Broadband Alliance Unites Industry Stakeholders to Define Carrier Wi-Fi

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:

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HP’s DataPass highlights Birdstep’s experience continuity

By Lonnie Schilling, CEO of Birdstep and Anders Påls, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development of FOGG

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.

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Steve Hratko, Director of Carrier/Service Provider Marketing, Ruckus Wireless – Carrier Wi-Fi Summit Blog

  1. How will you be participating in Carrier Wi-Fi Summit and why do you think it is important to do so?
    We feel that the Carrier Wi-Fi Summit is a very important platform for the promotion of Carrier Wi-Fi solutions. Our President and CEO, Selina Lo, will join a panel discussion and deliver a keynote address both on Wednesday February 26th. Her Keynote presentation will discuss the ‘Opportunities in Managed WLAN Services for High-Density Venues’ and focus on how MNOs can use managed WLAN services to begin the process of cost effectively penetrating high capacity density venues with network solutions.
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Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Comcast Cable – Carrier Wi-Fi Summit Blog

Tom Nagel

  1. How will you be participating in Carrier Wi-Fi Summit and why do you think it is important to do so?
    Comcast is a WBA board member, a Carrier Wi-Fi Summit exhibitor and a keynote event speaker. If you are a stakeholder in the fast paced WiFi industry, engagement is critical. Participating in the WiFi Summit is a great way to be involved – to be part of the diverse set of global businesses shaping the industry through standards, removing hurdles, providing better customer experience and driving innovation.
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