The trend toward providing public Wi-Fi access from residential gateways for offloading and hotspot services is catching on. While I understand the sense in taking the gobs of unused broadband bandwidth being delivered to private residences and making it available for widespread use, I nonetheless see some issues that could impact this trend's broad adoption in the United States.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance said the world's first live, public Next Generation Hotspot network will debut next month during the Wi-Fi Global Congress in Beijing. The network will be hosted by Cisco and China Mobile.
It is no secret that U.S. cable TV operators are jumping into Wi-Fi big time, and one industry executive is predicting they could collectively deploy and run half a million Wi-Fi hotspots in the near future.
Cellular signals could be opportunistically offloaded to TV and radio channels in the event that a natural disaster causes network congestion because too many people are trying to use their handsets at once, according to a Canadian doctoral student
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The Wireless Broadband Alliance said its ongoing collaboration with the GSMA to facilitate roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks has revealed that there are a couple of additional issues the industry needs to address: authentication signaling optimization and session continuity.
Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape struck partnerships with the Competitive Carriers Association as well as with Leap Wireless' Cricket unit.
Additional spectrum--particularly frequencies in the 5 GHz band--is needed to ensure ongoing possibilities for offloading data from cellular networks, according to a recent study prepared for the European Commission. The study's findings in that respect echo efforts in the United States to free up more 5 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi use.
As Wi-Fi hotspots proliferate, they are nicely ositioned to pick up a growing share of mobile data traffic, according to fresh forecasts.
Apple introduced a bevy of new software features for iOS 7 on Monday, but among the ones it didn't spend a lot of time talking about is support for the Hotspot 2.0 standard, which should make it easier for iOS devices to connect to certified and secure W-Fi hotspots. The standard could help wireless carriers offload traffic from their cellular networks to Wi-Fi networks.