Time Warner Cable has taken the nationwide plunge and is making HotSpot 2.0 technology available on most of the 33,000-plus access points where it has also launched TWCWiFi-Passpoint security.
Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of "TWCWiFi-Passpoint," a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.
Comcast is planning to add Hotspot 2.0 technology to its growing, Xfinity-branded public Wi-Fi network, further evidence that the cable operator plans to leverage Wi-Fi as a way to sell service to smartphone and tablet customers--and thereby potentially cutting into a business currently dominated by wireless carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless.
Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser said that while the company, a key provider of a virtualized carrier Wi-Fi network, is in favor of the Hotspot 2.0 standard, that is only an interim solution and more technology is needed to deliver greater value to carriers from Wi-Fi networks.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye stopped short of voicing support for Hotspot 2.0 technology, saying instead that Sprint would continue to watch the standard's evolution. However, Bye said Sprint would continue to research ways of providing quality wireless service, whether over licensed spectrum or unlicensed spectrum.
Boingo Wireless CEO David Hagan thinks that carrier deployments of Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi are still a year to 18 months away, pushing back the timeframe for when moving between mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks will be more seamless.
BARCELONA, Spain--Wi-Fi network vendor Boingo inked a Wi-Fi offloading agreement with Verizon; Boingo said it now counts Wi-Fi offload agreements with three of the nation's four Tier 1 wireless carriers. Moreover, Boingo said the offloading agreements pave the way for Boingo to generate significant revenues from the deployment of Hotspot 2.0 technology.
The backers of Hotspot 2.0 want the mobile industry to know that the technology is ready for prime time, and there probably is no better way to make that point than to deploy Hotspot 2.0 for automatic use by at least a portion of the attendees at next week's Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.
New roaming technology as well as the deployment of more hotspots and small cells will lead carriers to increasingly turn to Wi-Fi offloading for data capacity in the years ahead, according to a new survey from the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
Tier 1 mobile operators are becoming big believers in shifting data traffic from their cellular networks and onto Wi-Fi networks, and they expect 22 percent of all data capacity added during 2013-2014 to come from Wi-Fi offload, according to a new survey.