Who We Are

Our Vision

WBA is the leading organization driving the adoption of wireless broadband and championing the development of the converged wireless broadband ecosystem through seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services for delivering outstanding user experience.

Wi-Fi and unlicensed wireless have now become a serious part in the telecommunications field, and are stepping outside their traditional role of providing connectivity to consumers toward vertical market specific sectors such as Cities,  IoT service platforms, etc. Interoperability and security between different technologies is rapidly becoming a key requirement in developing new services, and this is what we work to achieve for with our members.

Our Mission

Founded in 2003, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) works tirelessly to champion the development of a converged wireless broadband ecosystem; through the seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services, we enable outstanding user experience for more than 2 billion global subscribers through our member operators.

Building on our heritage of NGH and carrier Wi-Fi, WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Gen Wi-Fi and other unlicensed wireless services across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem. This includes IoT, Big Data, Converged Services, Smart Cities, 5G and many more.

With Wi-Fi set to take an important role in 5G development, on-going convergence developments between licensed and unlicensed wireless will have a significant impact on the future of wireless communications, and we will work tirelessly to stay at the forefront of innovation.

Our Members

Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups, and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Google and Intel. For a full list of current WBA members, please click here.

The WBA Board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel, KT Corporation, Liberty Global, NTT DOCOMO and Orange.

WBA’s members operators collectively operate more than 25 million hotspots globally, serving 2 billion people, cementing our role in driving consumer and commercial Wi-Fi in to the future.

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Key objectives

  1. Providing thought leadership and industry insights realized through the bi-annual WBA Wireless Global Congress, Innovation Showcase, analyst and media briefing sessions, Global Wi-Fi Industry Report and newsletters.
  2. Fostering ecosystem engagement realized through joint initiatives with key industry forums (GSMA, Wi-Fi Alliance), ecosystem trials, global Wi-Fi roaming initiative, quarterly members’ working sessions, executive dialogue sessions, workshops and seminars, and marketing ambassador programs.
  3. Developing operator best practice realized through technical interoperability specifications, white papers, Wi-Fi roaming ‘boot camps’ and user experience guidelines.

Liaison relationships

WBA has an active program to engage relevant wireless broadband forums in supporting harmonized technical development within the industry. The industry forums with which WBA has established links are listed here:

Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa
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