CWSC Program

WBA has launched Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) testing program for members (and sponsor partners) providing unprecedented capabilities to test the end-to-end Carrier wireless ecosystem to guarantee that the service operation and user experience is consistent.

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Carrier Wireless Service Certification (CWSC) program allows carriers and vendors to independently test and certify devices. The program utilizes WBA Authorised Test Labs, working with Members and their partners to simulate end customer usability in a real network environment to ensure that devices are ready for worldwide commercial deployments, reducing customer support time for carriers and time to market for vendors.

To find out more about the CWSC program, please contact the WBA PMO team: pmo@wballiance.com

CWSC is the output of the WBA’s multi-operator Next-Generation Hotspot (NGH) trial program, which has been an ongoing collaboration between the WBA and its Members. A total of 20 vendors and 50 operators have participated in the end-to-end trials, simulating carrier services with real life scenarios, credentials and devices. Through the commercial launch of the CWSC program the WBA aims to foster worldwide commercial deployments and solve a number of business issues:

Operators

CWSC allows carriers to test Wi-Fi services end-to-end (from provisioning through to billing) against different equipment and credentials. This removes issues prior to commercial release, ensuring a better customer experience.

Vendors

Avoid multiple testing with different carriers, instead testing multiple devices across multiple carrier networks, gaining time to market. Vendors can also gain interoperability Certification to validate carrier’s requirements in order to facilitate sales, and save testing resources.

Consumers

The certification program serves to identify any issues with device interoperability ahead of its launch onto the network, removing the risk of customer dissatisfaction and guaranteeing a consistent user experience.

The CWSC program will initially focus on Wi-Fi Offload and Wi-Fi Roaming carrier services. Going forward, the WBA will introduce new services such as Wi-Fi Calling, NGH Inline Provisioning (secure SSID), Quality of Service, 5G Interoperability – Unlicensed integration and Policy interworking (ANDSF & HS2.0) to the program, as well as the 5G Building blocks test program. If you would like to find out more about the WBA programs, contact us: pmo@wballiance.com

What our members say:

“Aruba is a strong supporter of the CWSC certification and we are proud to be one of the first infrastructure vendors to participate in this important program. We agree that Wi-Fi roaming should be a uniform, easy experience for consumers; the CWSC program represents a significant step forward towards that goal.”
HPE-Aruba
“As Chairman, I am proud of the WBA as the trade organization uniquely positioned to bring all the diverse players to the table to create a Wi-Fi roaming testing platform with a focus on end customer usability. The CWSC was born out of the many successful trials and demos the WBA organized bringing all the industry players together in real world settings,” said JR Wilson, Chairman of the WBA and AT&T Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships. “The CWSC continues the WBA’s commitment to develop and grow the Wi-Fi ecosystem and adds to our Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) program, which features end-to-end testing of Hotspot 2.0.”

In its development phases, AT&T made Hotspot2.0 (HS2.0) an integral part of their strategy due to its ability to enable new Wi-Fi services. AT&T sees HS2.0 as critical in the development of its Wi-Fi network. In January 2015, AT&T started rolling out HS2.0 across its existing Wi-Fi network, and going forward new network buildouts will be HS2.0 capable.

AT&T
“Convergence is the future for wireless connectivity where the coexistence of licensed and unlicensed technologies will anchor a new generation of innovation,” said Dr. Derek Peterson, WBA board member and CTO at Boingo Wireless. “NGH technology has been critical to helping us realize seamless interoperability between LTE and Wi-Fi and this new certification will greatly expand deployments around the world. Boingo is a proud participant of the beta program and we look forward to pioneering a new chapter in wireless.”
Boingo
“The Carrier Wireless Services Certification program is a major step forward for the WBA and the industry, giving service providers an easy to understand designation for end-to-end capabilities to support Wi-Fi roaming, offload and hotspot provisioning technologies,” said Steve Martin, WBA board member and Chief Technology Officer, Ruckus. “Ruckus is very pleased to be part of the WBA’s efforts to ensure broad adoption of these methods to bring Wi-Fi further into the mainstream of carrier and service provider networks, and to further the discussion of the next generation of hotspot and Wi-Fi roaming capabilities, including 5G.”
Ruckus

How to get involved:

CWSC Authorised Test Labs:

Bryan Mikesh , COO – DEKRA Testing and Certification, Inc

The ability to create a test environment that replicates end to end functionality of a convenient Wi-Fi roaming network is next to impossible without the coordination of industry’s top minds and resources. The WBA has made it possible through the CWSC program enabling access to real end-to-end networks which in turn has created a platform to help resolve issues with all the key players including Operators and their Vendors working together with the Test Labs.

DEKRA Testing and Certification, Inc (DTC, Inc.) has been working with the WBA to provide an environment that supports testing and verification of data and connectivity roaming services. The roaming services offered are part of a larger seamless program of the WBA. As a member of the Approved Test Laboratories (ATLs) of the WBA, DTC, Inc.’s mission through the CWSC program, is to provide the ability to certify a product/ service as compliant for a certain level of user experience while providing a recognized certification mark to the industry.

As the wireless industry continues to improve the technologies supporting our services, the WBA continues to bring the industry closer to a ubiquitous and seamless roaming experience for the users.

Kyrio

Kyrio is excited to be an authorized CWSC test lab for the WBA,” said Wylie Nelson, VP – Wireless and Testing Services, Kyrio. “We believe that the CWSC program is an important step to further wireless interoperability and improve connectedness. We are pleased to support this program with over 20 years of experience in testing and device interoperability, and a team of skilled engineers and comprehensive testing environments which enable us to ensure the level of quality and integrity required to work with the WBA.

UL

UL is a Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Approved Test Lab that can execute certification testing for the Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) program. This program provides certification of a manufactures product for end-to-end real-world settings. This program will help assure both interoperability and positive user experiences based on WBA approved test criteria. UL has extensive experience in Wi-Fi testing with a wide range of products. With the defined CWSC program and UL experience manufacturers have confidence their products will have wide acceptance in the marketplace. Mick Conley – Business Development Manager for Industry Programs.

To find out more about the CWSC program, or if you’d like to talk to a representative about how to become a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, use one of the contact forms to get in touch.

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