With Mobile World Congress a distant memory, the hot topics from the show are still making headlines. Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi are key themes for 2015 but the highest profile topic remains ubiquitous wireless connectivity and how different radio interfaces will combine to provide this.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.