ICP is one of the most important key drivers to standardize and facilitate global Wi-Fi roaming. There are many benefits of ICP that encouraged True to participate. Firstly, the program will enable participants to not only assess the level of Wi-Fi service capability, but also allow them to benchmark themselves with other global players. Secondly, having a standardized process and set of guidelines (TED & CBED) will accelerate the service interoperability in the mobile world. The final but important benefit is that ICP will be the starting point to revolutionize the customer experience in the new era of NGH-based Wi-Fi Roaming.
NTT DOCOMO joined this commercial Wi-Fi roaming program to effectively meet the objectives of the ICP and exchange technical and commercial information. We wanted to contribute to the structure of the standard frameworks (a set of technical and commercial templates), as we saw that this would be beneficial to us and every operator to utilize these frameworks. This will streamline the requirements and procedures process and enable us to expand our own Wi-Fi roaming partnerships. We believe that the ICP is important for facilitating interoperability and we are very pleased to contribute and ultimately benefit the Wi-Fi ecosystem.
WBA Programs & Projects update
2012 was a remarkable year for WBA’s Programs & Projects with consistent growth in member participation and over 165 meetings held. The level and pace of this activity led to a successful closure of more than 80% of the ongoing projects. These projects ranged from NGH trial related activities to whitepapers focusing on roaming guidelines or technical components that needed further study by the industry.
A number of exciting industry collaborations are in place for 2013:
- GSMA-WBA Joint Taskforce Phase 2, to address the topics of Signaling Optimization and Seamless Session Transfer with IP preservation
- Small Cell Forum-WBA Joint Whitepaper on Integrated Small Cell and Wi-Fi
- CableLabs-WBA Joint Taskforce to align roaming frameworks
WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress. London, UK. 10-13 June
Principal Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
The Wireless Broadband Alliance welcomes 4 new members that have joined our efforts to drive a simplified global Wi-Fi experience.
The new members are CableLabs, MediaTek, Qualcomm and SmithMicro, bringing WBA membership to 93. The new members joining WBA this year continue to strengthen our unique mix.
As a company, Boingo’s goal has always been to make it as quick and painless as possible to get people connected wherever they travel, worldwide.
With nearly 12 years of experience trying to coordinate hundreds of roaming integrations, Boingo has been in a unique position to see the industry’s evolution from chaotic proprietary approaches to industry-evolved mutually beneficial structures for integration. The WBA’s Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP) framework helps further simplify the process by defining very specific elements required to expedite integrations among network operators.
Now that everyone has had time to digest another record breaking Mobile World Congress, it is time to reflect on the events from last week and the huge success of the show’s inaugural Wi-Fi Zone, hosted by the WBA. Located in Hall 8.1, the Wi-Fi Zone was abuzz with mobile enthusiasts from day 1 and securing a spot between Intel and the Apps Lounge was a definite bonus for the WBA!
This year, the WBA has secured a great spot in Hall 8.1 for its very first dedicated Wi-Fi Zone and WBA Lounge. We have some excellent presentations from our members in the pipeline so if you haven’t quite filled your MWC calendar yet, be sure to come along and pay us a visit. The Zone will be a meeting place for industry leaders from all parts of the ecosystem to discuss current hot topics including Next Generation Hotpot, seamless Wi-Fi roaming and data offload for operators. A summary of the agenda featuring a number of presentations from operators, vendors and partners, is as follows:
This year, the WBA has managed to secure a great spot in Hall 8.1 for its very first dedicated Wi-Fi Zone and WBA Lounge. We have some excellent presentations from our members in the pipeline so if you haven’t quite filled your MWC calendar yet, come along and pay us a visit.