The aim of the WBA’s Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) program is to deliver a public Wi-Fi experience that is as easy and secure as that experienced on cellular networks.
And that’s why we’re designing and specifying hotspots that are easier for users to find and access – easier to find and access because devices can connect securely and automatically with no need to manually enter user names or passwords.
But we’re also designing and specifying these hotspots to be much, much more secure. The new hotspots feature similar levels of security to the cellular network including end-to-end radio link encryption and SIM authentication.
The result? A hotspot network that takes the heat off mobile broadband at busy times, through accessible, secure and above all reliable offload. Another step towards interoperability across networks, technologies and devices. And a key milestone in WBA’s goal to drive wireless broadband adoption globally.
The current WBA initiatives under the NGH program include NGH Trial, NGH Operator Guidelines, NGH Whitepapers (Business Drivers whitepaper, Security whitepaper and Maintaining the Profitability of Mobile Data Services) and engagement with key industry organizations (e.g, the GSMA, CableLabs and the Wi-Fi Alliance).
The NGH Trial is being driven by a strong participation of WBA membership. The work is being developed in different phases with the main objective of providing a “real world” end-to-end test:
- Phase 1 (Completed): Secure and seamless authentication with automatic and network discovery and selection
- Phase 2 (Completed): Complete end-to-end testing using Passpoint release 1 equipment (more than 20 test cases performed by each operator)
- Phase 3 (In Progress – Open for enrollment): Operator policy for Wi-Fi networks and automatic online signup. Also, explore new location based services and advanced policy management
To take part in WBA NGH trial