The Wireless Global Congress is coming to the City that Never Sleeps!

The Wireless Broadband Alliance hosts the Wireless Global Congress twice a year and is a highlight for operators, network management providers, city planners, device manufacturers, and other companies in the wireless ecosystem. Our most recent Congress took place this past May in London, and as our first major event of 2017, it was a runaway [...]

June 29th, 2017|Blog|

Digital Inclusion – Key to Prosperous & Smart Cities

At the dawn of the 5G and the Internet of Everything era, one would easily assume that most people are already well connected with broadband access, especially in urban areas. If things and clothes are becoming connected, then the large majority of humans must naturally be so already? […]

June 21st, 2017|Blog|

World WiFi Day – 20th June – How are you getting involved?

Get Involved! Whether you are amongst the billions of users who simply love Wi-Fi or your organisation is a stakeholder in the global Wi-Fi ecosystem, World Wi-Fi Day on 20th June is for you! […]

June 19th, 2017|Blog|

EU Reaches Agreement on Groundbreaking Initiative to address the Digital Divide

Last week, the European Parliament, Council and Commission came to an agreement that will support the installation of free Wi-Fi hotspots in towns and local communities across the EU. […]

June 7th, 2017|Blog|

Unlocking Interoperability for successful IoT Deployments

IDC predicts that the worldwide installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints will grow from 14.9 billion at the end of 2016 to more than 82 billion in 2025. At this rate, the Internet of Things may soon be as indispensable as the Internet itself. Cisco has also put the value of the global IoT market at $14.4 trillion for 2022. However, the debate is still open as to how such a market value will be shared by providers of devices, apps, services, and connectivity. […]

June 6th, 2017|Blog|

Wi-Fi Roaming – from ‘old school’ to ‘new opportunities’

In a data-driven world, mobile workers need high-speed, high-quality Internet connectivity for a host of business tasks, including downloading presentations, sharing large files, and accessing cloud-based applications and Unified Communications tools. And when it comes to getting connected, mobile workers have already shown a clear preference for Wi-Fi over cellular networks, which are more expensive.  [...]

May 3rd, 2017|Blog|

QoS for Successful Converged Networks

1. Background: Whether on cellular or Wi-Fi networks, customers want the best connected experience at the best price. They expect the same quality of service no matter what network they are connected to. Carriers need to respond to that fundamental requirement by implementing consistent quality of service (QoS) mechanisms across various networks in order to [...]

April 13th, 2017|Blog|

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|