The WBA recently announced that its inaugural Carrier Wi-Fi Summit will take place on the 24-27 February during Mobile World Congress 2014. This dedicated 4-day summit, with industry partners the GSMA and Wi-Fi Alliance®, will bring together over 500 key influencers from across the wireless ecosystem to discuss the future of Carrier Wi-Fi and to review strategies that are being developed within the Wi-Fi industry.
The event features presentations from the leading operators and other major ecosystem players who are driving the adoption of carrier Grade Wi-Fi and NGH. As a delegate you will gain access to the most up to date and relevant information and have a great time networking with fellow colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there.
In the light of a number of successful trials and increased operator interest, WBA is delighted to announce the findings of its Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) business model report conducted with research firm Senza Fili. The report examines the cost and revenue benefits that NGH will bring to fixed and mobile operators. Exploring the cost savings from NGH Wi-Fi adoption as a complement to 3G and 4G networks, it compares scenarios with varying percentages of traffic transported by NGH Wi-Fi, macro cells, small cells or legacy Wi-Fi. In the second half of the paper, a revenue model presents a forecast of global service revenues from NGH Wi-Fi, based on the traffic that it will transport within the mobile radio-access network.
The WBA is proud to announce the shortlist for the Wi-Fi Industry Awards 2013. The awards recognize outstanding achievement by operators, vendors and device manufacturers within the industry. The awards are open to the whole industry and have attracted entries from vendors and operators across the world, encompassing the whole public Wi-Fi ecosystem.
In early 2011, we joined forces with the GSMA to address the need for a simplified process that will facilitate roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. We both shared an interest in improving the Wi-Fi experience for end users, as well as enabling data offload and roaming. During the first phase of our joint project, a Wi-Fi Roaming whitepaper was released to address the alignment of GSMA and WBA roaming procedures.
China Mobile, Cisco and WBA partner to create first ever live NGH Experience @ Wi-Fi Global Congress Beijing.
We are proud to announce the launch of the live NGH Experience during the Wi-Fi Global Congress (WGC) in Beijing, China (18 – 21 Nov) with partners China Mobile as host operator and Cisco as network infrastructure provider. This will be the FIRST EVER live deployment of a next generation Wi-Fi network at an international conference, offering attendees a real-life experience of seamlessly and automatically connecting to the venue Wi-Fi.
Facilitating and simplifying the process of Wi-Fi roaming agreements has always been a key focus area for the Wireless Broadband Alliance and it is fast becoming an important consideration for many mobile and fixed operators around the globe. Convergence among Wi-Fi roaming standards is an important step towards making this a reality for operators. In January 2013, WBA and CableLabs established a joint task force to help agree on a standard set of Wi-Fi roaming specifications and further encourage Wi-Fi interworking and roaming between operators.
Reflecting back on the past months, we are extremely pleased to see that the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress in London – again – has proven to be the largest and best attended Wi-Fi event in the industry. With over 470 delegates attending, a great line-up of speakers provided great insights and thought-provoking presentations on a large range of topics, ranging from market forecasts and business models to case studies and deployment strategies. As Wi-Fi roaming was a key theme of the congress, the Wi-Fi roamfest received a huge interest from operator delegates as a fast track method to develop roaming agreements. Continue reading
London, UK, 10-13 June
Principal Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
On behalf of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and our events partner Avren Events, WBA would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the sponsors, exhibitors and participants of the recent London WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress. Particularly thanks to Ruckus Wireless for being a wonderful Principal Sponsor for this event. Continue reading