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The Convergence Towards Spectrum Sharing

Why spectrum sharing? Commercial access and use of spectrum has traditionally been authorized in two ways: either through individual licenses or in accordance with license exempt (unlicensed or ‘commons’) rules. It is believed much of that spectrum is lightly used or even not used. At a time when most observers believe people, organizations and businesses will need vastly more Internet and communications capacity, that is a waste of scarce resources. To move incumbent users to a new frequency band is also a very costly and time consuming proposition. Thus, spectrum sharing offers a cheaper and quicker way to maximize use of scarce resources. Shared spectrum is likely to be used in several ways in the U.S market first to support 4G, and then likely in more-intensive forms as 5G is introduced. […]

March 21st, 2017|Blog|

WBA Industry Awards Case Study: Affirmed Networks’ Wi-Fi Gateway

Every year, the Wireless Broadband Alliance recognizes and celebrates excellence from across the wireless ecosystem at the WBA Industry Awards. The 2016 Awards took place during the Wireless Global Congress in San Jose on 16 November. In this series of blogs, we’re looking back the evening’s winners and taking a closer look at what led to them receiving their award. In this edition, we’re looking at the award for Best Next Gen Wi-Fi Service Infrastructure, which was won by Affirmed Networks for its fully virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway. […]

March 17th, 2017|Blog|

The Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2017 – 2021

Cisco has provided an update on their Global Mobile Traffic Forecast, and we have taken the opportunity to select some key findings around Wi-Fi that might be of interest to you. As you can see from the report data, offload continues to be a significant driver for the growth of WiFi in the (mobile) industry and is therefore also key for the convergence of voice and data services. […]

February 9th, 2017|Blog|

WBA Industry Award Case Study: LinkNYC

Every year, the Wireless Broadband Alliance recognizes and celebrates excellence from across the wireless ecosystem at the WBA Industry Awards. The 2016 Awards took place during the Wireless Global Congress in San Jose on 16 November. In this new series of blogs, we’re highlighting the evening’s winners and taking a closer look at what led to them receiving their award. In this edition, we’re looking at the groundbreaking LinkNYC initiative, which received the award for Best Connected City Deployment. Alphonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning at NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, was kind enough to answer a few questions. […]

January 26th, 2017|Blog|

WBA Vision Forum Asia – A Huge Success!

With more than 120 attendees from the region joining us in Singapore, the WBA Vision Forum Asia was a very successful event! WBA Vision Forum events focus on topics that are relevant for the region, while at the same time present a global view on developments in the unlicensed/licensed wireless ecosystem. Co-hosted with the IMDA, [...]

January 18th, 2017|Blog|

Looking Back at the 2016 Wireless Global Congress, San Jose

The Wireless Global Congress has rightfully earned a reputation as being one of the biggest and best events in the ecosystem. Earlier this year, in June, the Congress headed to Liverpool, UK, where it was a part of the prestigious International Festival for Business (IFB). And just two weeks ago, the event returned to San Jose, California, for our second event of 2016. […]

November 30th, 2016|Blog|

WBA Launches Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) for Vendors and Operators

The Wireless Broadband Alliance is pleased to announce that we have recently launched the Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) for Vendors and Operators. This exciting, ongoing initiative will offer WBA members an ongoing, permanent opportunity to maintain a permanent Next-Generation Hotspot (NGH) trial environment and with an enhanced layer of services testing. Since 2011, the [...]

November 9th, 2016|Blog|

Introduction to WBA Members: Nominum

The Wireless Broadband Alliance is comprised of members who have come together to achieve a common goal: delivering an outstanding user experience through next-generation Wi-Fi and unlicensed wireless. We’re very proud to introduce you to these members, and give you a glimpse into their role within the WBA and the wireless ecosystem. This week, we’re profiling Nominum – Srini Avirneni, CTO, took some time to answer a few questions. […]

July 6th, 2016|Blog|

Speaking with WBA Board Members: Dr. Derek Peterson, Boingo Wireless

In this new ongoing series, the WBA will be featuring interviews with the distinguished members of our Board of Directors. These interviews will contain answers to questions about a variety of topics, including the WBA’s many initiatives, the state of the ecosystem, and much more. For this installment, we sat down with Dr. Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer at Boingo Wireless. Dr. Peterson took the time to share his thoughts on the WBA’s many projects/initiatives, and also discussed the importance of the upcoming Wireless Global Congress and World Wi-Fi Day. […]

June 23rd, 2016|Blog|

World Wi-Fi Day Case Study – Mawingu Networks

World Wi-Fi Day is a unique worldwide initiative, organized by the Wireless Broadband Alliance under the leadership of the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB), that saw its inaugural date take place on 20 June, 2016. It aims to celebrate and champion the significance of Wi-Fi in cities and communities around the world, while also drawing attention to the challenges faced in bridging the digital divide. Dozens of service providers and companies around the world are currently launching projects that will help “connect the unconnected,” and World Wi-Fi Day will serve as a platform for them to share their success stories, as well as seek additional support and funding if necessary. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Mawingu Networks Ltd. about two major initiatives in Kenya – Extend Internet Penetration, and Coverage Expansion. […]

June 21st, 2016|Blog|
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