Who We Are

Our Vision

WBA is leading the evolution of a frictionless wireless service experience for Citizens, Businesses, Cities and Things. We resolve business issues and enable collaborative opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities, that enable them to enhance the customer experience on Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies.

Our Mission

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to resolve business issues and enable collaborative opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities, enabling them to enhance the customer experience on Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies.

Building on our heritage of Next Generation Hotspot(NGH) and carrier Wi-Fi, the WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Generation Wi-Fi services across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem, having a focus on four major programs: Carrier Wi-Fi Services, Next Generation Wireless & 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and Connected Cities.

Our Members

Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Charter Communication; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Google and Intel.

WBA member operators collectively serve more than 2 billion subscribers and operate more than 30 million hotspots globally.

The WBA Board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel, KT Corporation, Liberty Global, NTT DOCOMO and Orange. For a complete list of current WBA members, please click here.

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Key objectives

  1. Share and promote thought-leadership and industry insights realized through the bi-annual WBA Wireless Global Congress, Industry Awards, Innovation Showcase, analyst and media briefing sessions, Global Wi-Fi Industry Report, Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) and World Wi-Fi Day.
  2. Foster and enhance ecosystem engagement realized through joint initiatives with key industry forums (GSMA, Wi-Fi Alliance, LoRa), end-to-end ecosystem testing & trials, city Wi-Fi roaming, global Wi-Fi roaming initiative, quarterly members’ working sessions, executive dialogue sessions, industry workshops and seminars, and Accelerator Program.
  3. Define and develop operator best practice realized through technical interoperability specifications, Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) testing program, white papers, Wi-Fi deployment guidelines.

Liaison relationships

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

Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa
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