BARCELONA, Spain--The Wireless Broadband Alliance's seamless and secure cellular-to-Wi-Fi roaming invite likely will not launch commercially until early 2014, and when to does AT&T Mobility is expected of be a leading player, according to a senior executive from hotspot aggregator Boingo Wireless.
AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and Orange are among the first wireless service providers to complete initial network assessments for the Wireless Broadband Alliance's Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP). The ICP aims to encourage international Wi-Fi roaming by helping carriers adopt a common set of requirements and procedures.
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Qualcomm's Atheros business and Cisco Systems are ramping up efforts to leverage the Hotspot 2.0 standard to go beyond mere Wi-Fi offload and public hotspot access scenarios and instead deliver customized location-based services for vertical market segments and enterprises.
AT&T's international roaming program for its mobile subscribers is the first to automatically connect customers to Wi-Fi hotspots via SIM authentication when roaming abroad, and it sets the stage for future business models based on Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint and Next Generation Hotspots (NGH).
Mobile operators are willing to expand their Wi-Fi footprints via "untrusted" third-party networks but, paradoxically, are reluctant to adopt seamless offloading techniques until they are fully compliant with new standards, according to a survey by analysis firm Ovum.
The Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint program launched with a broad set of approved devices from leading companies such as Ericsson's BelAir Networks unit, Broadcom, Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm. All of the devices on the list constitute a new test bed of products that will be used by the Wi-Fi Alliance for interoperability testing of future Passpoint devices.
Mobile operators need to look at Wi-Fi offloading with a fresh business model in mind that may not resemble their former ways of doing business, says Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
The initiative recently announced by the GSMA and Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) to make roaming between mobile networks and Wi-Fi hotspots more seamless should be ready for commercial use by
The GSMA and Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) are collaborating to create a framework that the groups said will make roaming between mobile networks and Wi-Fi hotspots more seamless by next year.