The Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched its "Wi-Fi Certified ac" program for 802.11ac, whose higher data rates and greater capacity promise to drive even more offloading from cellular to Wi-Fi networks.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is deploying Devicescape's Wi-Fi Curator Service, which is designed to help operators lift incremental Wi-Fi offload rates and improve their customers' communications experience.
Bandwidth Market, a cloud-based service that enables mobile network operators to gain extra Wi-Fi capacity as needed from third-party networks, is being rolled out by Carlsbad, Calif.-based BandwidthX.
Separate announcements from major infrastructure vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks highlight the growing importance of carrier-grade Wi-Fi and intelligent traffic steering connectivity between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) selected Advanced Wireless Group (AWG) to upgrade and expand the existing free Wi-Fi service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Devicescape said its Wi-Fi offload service will be used by MVNO Flash Wireless to help manage data costs and maintain competitive data pricing.
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).
Cisco Systems is jumping into the policy control solutions game, acquiring Denver-based BroadHop, which counts more than 70 policy installations at service providers around the world.
Smartphone owners in the United Kingdom are relying upon Wi-Fi more than 3G for mobile Internet access, according to a recent study by Nielsen.
Microsoft is teaming up with Wi-Fi offload specialist Devicescape to power the Wi-Fi hotspot map that is part of Microsoft's Data Sense application, one of the new key features of Windows Phone 8. Data Sense is a suite of services intended to help users better manage their data usage and stay under their monthly data cap.