The Passpoint standard, introduced in 2012, promised to aggregate the fractured, splintered landscape of W-Fi hotspots into a unified system of connected networks that users could easily and seamlessly move among. And recent actions by T-Mobile US and Sprint indicate that at least some of the nation's biggest wireless carriers are using Passpoint to do just that.
Just in time for summer, Time Warner Cable says it has expanded its outdoor Wi-Fi network to three new cities--Dallas and San Antonio in Texas and Raleigh, N.C., so it now offers more than 100,000 TWC Wi-Fi Hotspots across its national Wi-Fi network.
Hotspot 2.0 is here to stay as a technology, and Wi-Fi service providers are clearly interested in moving to the technology in the near future, according to a survey from research firm IHS.
If there were any doubt where Wi-Fi service providers are headed, a new report confirms their interest in migrating to Hotspot 2.0. Service providers across the globe that operate carrier Wi-Fi networks expect to significantly increase their access point deployments by the end of 2016, according to a survey by IHS Infonetics.
Ruckus Wireless is using the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress event in London to introduce what it calls the industry's first commercially available products to be Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Passpoint certified for Hotspot 2.0, Release 2, setting the stage for a whole new way for organizations and users to connect to new public Wi-Fi network services.
Service providers will deploy more than 4 million public hotspots and 20 million homespots in 2015, according to a new report by Mobile Experts.
Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.
It is no secret that cable operators in the United States and elsewhere are rapidly deploying millions of private and public Wi-Fi hotspots. Though cable MSO executives often contend the primary reason for their interest in Wi-Fi is to keep their customers satisfied, many industry observers suggest there is an even bigger plan that could impact traditional cellular operators and potentially alter the overall wireless industry landscape. FierceWirelessTech has talked to a number of experts to nail down the top five motivators for cable companies to become Wi-Fi providers.
The recent report that Apple's late cofounder Steve Jobs hoped to encourage wireless router makers to include a "guest network" option so Wi-Fi's footprint could be spread exponentially is helping focus more attention on Hotspot 2.0, which enables seamless roaming between Wi-Fi networks and also enables seamless data roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. But recent comments from industry executives indicate Hotspot 2.0 has yet to gain widespread adoption, though its impact could be expansive in the future.
Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi technology now has a large-scale municipal footprint in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., thanks to the efforts of both cities in partnership with equipment vendor Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach, which is providing device provisioning and unified authentication services.