The WBA is proud to announce the shortlist for the Wi-Fi Industry Awards 2014. The awards recognize outstanding achievement by operators, vendors and device manufacturers within the industry. They are open to the whole industry and have attracted entries from vendors and operators around the world, and across the public Wi-Fi ecosystem.
The WBA today announced that 14 new members have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of Carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world. They join at a pivotal time when Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) networks are now a commercial reality and operators are reaping the benefits of an improved carrier-grade of Wi-Fi. Since January 2014, new members include:
Today the WBA launched its latest case study profiling Boingo Wireless, an active member of the Alliance and a key driver of Next Generation Hotspot Deployments. Here is a summary:
The WBA today announced the agenda and named the key sponsors of its Wi-Fi Global Congress that will take place at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco from the 6-10th October 2014. The dedicated 2-day event will bring together over 500 key influencers from across the wireless ecosystem to discuss the future of Carrier Wi-Fi and will feature speakers from City & County of San Francisco, City of San Jose, Primera Capital, Microsoft, Google, AT&T Foundry, Comcast, Broadcom and many more. Ruckus Wireless and Cisco have been named as the Principal Sponsors; Devicescape is the Premier Sponsor; and Aptilo and Global Reach Technology are Associate Sponsors for this event.
The call to enter the third WBA Wi-Fi Industry Awards has begun and the Alliance is already receiving submissions for the 2014 accolades to be announced at the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco on 9th October. These awards will recognize and celebrate the culture of achievement across the Wi-Fi industry over the past 12 months where the categories will focus on innovation in services, devices and technologies, which have collectively enabled the remarkable progress of the Carrier Wi-Fi ecosystem that we see today.
The WBA is pleased to announce the results of its June Board Elections that took place during its second Working Session of 2014 in Tokyo. Over 68% of the eligible electors in the Alliance cast their vote and the official WBA Board Members are as follows:
This week, the WBA not only welcomed its members to its second working session of 2014 in Tokyo, but also announced the winners of its Members Recognition Awards. These awards have been designed to reward those who have made significant contributions to WBA projects over the past 12 months. The three categories are:
- Leadership award (for Workgroup Chairs or Co-Chair)
- Project Leadership awards (for project leads)
- Contributor award (open to all members that did an outstanding contribution)
The WBA is currently gearing up to welcome members to its second working session of 2014, taking place on June 4-6 in the vibrant city of Tokyo. This focused 3-day assembly, co-hosted by NTT DOCOMO, will bring together the Alliance membership from across the wireless ecosystem to work on a variety of WBA initiatives, as well as review other projects that are being developed within the Wi-Fi industry.
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.