FAQ

WBA Membership structure allows operators and industry players to participate to their desired level of involvement. Membership is offered as per the bylaws of WBA and each category has its associated benefits and privileges. The four levels are:

  • Board Member
  • General Member (For Operator and Non-Operator)
  • Group Member
  • Observer Member

Board Member

Board Members are General Members of the Company who are classified as Board Members and are able to participate in the WBA Board after getting duly elected based on the provisions of the Articles & Rules of the Alliance (WBA).

General Member (For Operator and Non-Operator)

General Member (Operator): Must be a telecom operator able to bring additional wireless broadband coverage or users to WBA Members, have the ability to enter into or facilitate bilateral contracts, and must be able to support WBA user experience requirements for roaming implementation.
General Member (Non- Operator): Must be an industry player with interest in the growth of wireless broadband business and must be willing to support WBA’s objectives.

Group Member

Must be the affiliate company of an existing Board Member, or General Member, of WBA which meets all the requirements for being a General Member. They must have the ability to enter into, or facilitate, bilateral contracts and must be able to support WBA user-experience requirements for roaming implementation.

Observer Member

Must be an industry player with interest in the activities of the Alliance and must be willing to support WBA’s objectives.

To join the Board of WBA, the member company must first get elected as a Board Member based on the provisions and processes specified in the Rule of WBA. For details, please click here.

Operators with Wi-Fi Networks

Operators who own public Wi-Fi networks – whether as a standalone business or as a key complement to their wireless and/or broadband networks – can harness the advantages of the WBA. It is an ideal forum to enhance their global coverage and inbound/ outbound roaming opportunities for their users. Besides providing technical enablement and templates for the operators, WBA has developed common user-experience guidelines to make it easier for the end-users to locate, identify and connect to hotspots while roaming. WBA also operates a global Hotspot Directory service for its members to help end-users locate all the WBA member hotspots around the world quickly and conveniently. The operators can also leverage the 1-on-1 meetings facilitated by WBA during every WBA Wireless Global Congress to meet, discuss and finalize roaming agreements with other partners from around the world.

Operators without Wi-Fi Networks

The mobile and/or broadband operators (3G/ UMTS, CDMA, WiMAX, Cable, xDSL etc) who may not own any hotspots can also leverage the enablers created by WBA and the global Wi-Fi footprint of its members to offer Wi-Fi roaming and mobile data offload to their users. This can help mobile operators address the challenges and opportunities created by an explosive growth in mobile data usage and the increasing availability of dual-mode 3G/Wi-Fi devices such as Smartphones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, and cameras. Similarly, it can also help WiMAX and fixed broadband (Cable/xDSL) operators to offer seamless Wi-Fi roaming to their subscribers. This includes key enablers created by WBA to facilitate intra-technology roaming and data offload such as WISPr 2.0 and WRIX v1.04.

Other Ecosystem Partners

The non-operator ecosystem partners – technology vendors, roaming hub vendors / clearing house providers, and other ecosystem partners interested in enabling seamless roaming Wi-Fi experience and data offload – can also benefit by participating in WBA. As a member of WBA, you will have a chance to engage and network with leading Wi-Fi operators from around the world such as AT&T, Boingo, BT and China Telecom.

The members of WBA also have an opportunity to influence and contribute to the development of technical enablers and participate in industry trials conducted by WBA. Some of the key technical enablers created by WBA in the past include WRIX and WISPr 2.0 specifications and we continue to develop new enablers to enhance Wi-Fi experience and inter-standard roaming (3G/Wi-Fi, WiMAX-Wi-Fi etc) for the benefit of the wider industry.

The Wireless Broadband Alliance drives the adoption of wireless broadband and champions the development of the converged wireless broadband ecosystem through seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services. Our programs are focused on 5 main areas: Next Generation Wi-Fi Program, Connected City program, Unlicensed Meets Licensed Program, Wireless Innovation Program and Public Advocacy Program. Click here to learn more

WBA holds multiple events throughout the year. Our landmark event involves two iterations of the Wireless Global Congress (typically in a European and American city), gathering some of the top names in the industry with WBA members and other attendees from the Wi-Fi ecosystem. We also hold the annual Regional Vision Forum, an event comprising of two days of working sessions for WBA members. In addition to this, there are other trade and social events during the year, in addition to one-on-one meetings between members.

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