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.
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.
Another great day at the at the Carrier Wi-Fi Summit kicked off with Steve Hratko from Ruckus Wireless speaking about Indoor Location and Managed WLAN Services in Hall 8.0 of the Fira.
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?’