Wi-Fi Everything

News has come hard and fast from the major mobile technology event Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, and there has been an ongoing theme – the progress of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi has quite clearly been the technology to watch during the event and for good reasons.

The WBA has been active in several ways to convey the message of Wi-Fi at the event, but luckily we found some time to review on-going developments and announcement.
A quick summary of our activities:

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Wi-Fi Weekly Business Blog #3

What are Cisco’s VNI research predictions for Wi-Fi?

Last week, Cisco released their latest update of the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2014-2019. We have reviewed their report and picked out their main predictions for Wi-Fi.

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Wi-Fi Weekly Business Blog #2

Voice over Wi-Fi on a huge roll…

The recent announcements from Cablevision and FreedomPop demonstrate a continuing interest in the development and launch of Voice over Wi-Fi services.

Both developments – again – highlight the many use and business cases for Wi-Fi and provide yet another example of monetization being top of the agenda for businesses.

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Wi-Fi Weekly Business Blog #1

This Week in Wi-Fi…

Recently it was widely reported that Marriott International had been jamming its US customers’ Wi-Fi services within the conference and meeting facilities of their hotel. While the case raised a number of interesting issues, the underlying question is one of making the business model for Wi-Fi provision stack-up for venue providers.

The situation also emphasizes the increasing demand for Wi-Fi access on-demand, anywhere, as it becomes the first and primary choice of connectivity for business and leisure travelers. High quality Wi-Fi has become a pre-requisite for hotels – as it has for all venues according to recent iPass research.

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WBA Wi-Fi Industry Survey: Improved Customer Experience a Key Driver for Carrier Wi-Fi Investment

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.

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WBA Announces London Wi-Fi Global Congress 2015 Following Record Success of San Francisco Event

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.

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Wi-Fi Global Congress – Day 2 Roundup

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!

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Wi-Fi Industry Awards Winners Unveiled

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.

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Wi-Fi Global Congress – Day 1 Roundup

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.

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