Services Guidelines & Best Practices
Carrier Wi-Fi Definition
More than 30 global members contributed to the release of the first set of guidelines and requirements to deploy Carrier Wi-Fi networks which might be used widely by all ecosystem players.
With the recent support from leading device vendors for Wi-Fi calling, Vo-LTE and Vo-Wi-Fi integration, the momentum for Wi-Fi calling in the industry is rapidly increasing. The workgroup is looking into Wi-Fi calling opportunities in the industry and producing a guidelines document that will help the ecosystem.
In Community Wi-Fi services, an operator enables a residential Wi-Fi GW with two Wi-Fi service set Identifiers (SSIDs), consisting of a private SSID (i.e., the residential Wi-Fi network) and public SSID (i.e., the Community Wi-Fi network). This workgroup studies service levels, network architecture, implementation details and gaps.
Wi-Fi Software Defined Networking (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Guidelines
Developed a whitepaper, including use cases, requirements, identification of gaps and challenges that Wi-Fi industry has to address to develop Wi-Fi SDN & NFV based solutions for Wi-Fi networks.
Quality of Service (QoS)
Operators want to offer differentiated services over Carrier Wi-Fi with guaranteed QoS. The objective of the workgroup is to identify the minimum set of requirements that operators would like to have for Wi-Fi QoS.
Location Based Services Standardization
Identify the opportunities and use cases for operators and various venues for Indoor Wi-Fi based analytics. Provide a guideline for an end-to-end system enabling the Wi-Fi based analytics solution and develop a minimum set of requirements.
Security over Untrusted Wi-Fi Networks
With the convergence of heterogeneous networks to maximize service offering and flexibility to the users, this project aims to define how to develop, interoperate and deploy proper security for various the network technologies, device types and services required by the operators.
Interoperability & Roaming Standards Guidelines
Provide guidelines to operators to create, upgrade or optimize their Wi-Fi networks to provide Roaming services and Interoperability (e.g. how users authenticate, certificates management, roaming configuration, among other key practical aspects).
Major industry effort to explore the creation and maintenance of a database with relevant information (e.g. Operators IDs, realms, addresses, etc.), which enables the ecosystem players to implement Wi-Fi roaming business.
Roaming Sustainment Group
WBA is the primary organization addressing Wi-Fi roaming related topics in the industry. All roaming documentation / information is maintained by this group and aligned with the most up-to-date industry developments.
Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP) for Operators
ICP is an initiative that makes it easier for operators globally to work together on a common set of technical and commercial frameworks for Wi-Fi roaming. Public Wi-Fi is increasingly being viewed by operators as an essential component for mobile connectivity. However, some fragmentation still remains in the way devices connect and roam on to Wi-Fi networks. Currently there are more than 20 global operators that have achieved an ICP level.