AT&T strikes agreements with Accuris, BSG to deliver Wi-Fi Hub solution

AT&T (NYSE: T), Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless are bringing the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub to market, making it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.

Expected to launch later this year, the AT&T Wi-Fi Hub addresses common issues that operators face in delivering Wi-Fi roaming services, such as the time-intensive process of identifying Wi-Fi providers, negotiation of terms and implementation of Wi-Fi services, according to a press release. The announcement was made at the Wireless Broadband Alliance's (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco.

"Our collaboration with Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless means that we'll be able to launch our hub quickly and deliver a wholesale Wi-Fi solution that is seamless and secure," said JR Wilson, vice president, partnerships and alliances at AT&T Mobility, in the release. "For the end, all they will need to do is download an app from their Wi-Fi provider to access Wi-Fi roaming."

The AT&T Wi-Fi Hub is being developed using Accuris Networks' AccuROAM platform, which uses SIM-based account credentials to enable smartphone and tablet users to automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots when roaming internationally. 

The companies say the solution provides a secure authentication framework without the need to enter cumbersome usernames and passwords. It also supports Hotspot 2.0 and the WBA's Wireless Roaming Intermediary eXchange (WRIX) specifications. AccuROAM enables any Wi-Fi to work as a full extension of GSM or CDMA networks for billing, policy and authentication.

AT&T's Wi-Fi Hub will use the advanced reporting and settlement infrastructure capabilities of BSG Wireless, specifically interconnection for the operators, data clearing and financial settlement services.

Last year, Boingo Wireless announced a global Wi-Fi roaming agreement with AT&T, allowing travelers abroad to gain access, via the AT&T Wi-Fi International App, to Boingo's global network of Wi-Fi hotspots. The agreement also meant that Boingo customers traveling in the United States could access AT&T's network of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country, including airports, restaurants, sports arenas and retail locations.

For more:
- see this release
- see this Telecom Lead article

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