WBA demonstrates NGH capabilities

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance Announced record-Setting Next Generation Hotspot Deployment at the Inaugural “Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA. More than 60 percent of attendees’ Wi-Fi connections were automatically authenticated through NGH, alleviating operator networks without sacrificing the users’ connected experience indicated the WBA.

At GSMA’s recent (Sep 2017) inaugural Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas event in San Francisco, an NGH Wi-Fi network, based on Passpoint and WBA Roaming, was successfully deployed. The event was attended by more than 21,000 people from 110 countries and more than 60 % of attendees’ Wi-Fi connections were automatically authenticated through NGH, alleviating operator networks without sacrificing the users’ connected experience.

The NGH Wi-Fi is based on Passpoint technology and WBA Roaming.The NGH/Passpoint network – which was engineered by WBA member companies Cisco and Boingo – enabled AT&T, Boingo, Charter Communications, Shaw, Sprint, Telus and T-Mobile US customers to roam onto the event’s NGH network seamlessly and securely resulting in the highest % of Passpoint authenticated devices for any show event. Attendees used an average of 3.6 TB of data per day (and over 7.6TB in total) when using the guest Wi-Fi and experienced average Wi-Fi speeds of over 50 Mbps.  Hub providers included Boingo, BSG Wireless and Accuris. Each of the carriers participating at MWC Americas currently deploy NGH in their networks to enable a seamless Wi-Fi experience for their customers.

“This large-scale NGH launch represents a landmark achievement for the wireless industry, demonstrating a strong business case for efficiently migrating a significant percentage of mobile data traffic via Wi-Fi hotspots seamlessly and securely,” said Tiago Rodrigues, Senior Director at the Wireless Broadband Alliance. “We applaud our members for delivering an outstanding mobile experience and further validating the carrier and consumer benefits of next generation Wi-Fi networks.”

Hub providers included Boingo, BSG Wireless and Accuris. Each of the carriers participating at MWC Americas currently deploy NGH in their networks to enable a seamless Wi-Fi experience for their customers.

The WBA has championed NGH since 2011 and contributes to its continued advancement through ongoing research, trials and deployments. Most recently, the organization announced the commercial launch of its Carrier Wireless Services Certification (CWSC) program, which allows carriers and vendors to test and certify devices for Wi-Fi roaming and Wi-Fi offload. The CWSC aims to foster worldwide NGH commercial deployments, to grow the wireless ecosystem and introduce new Wi-Fi services that will contribute to 5G.

The move to fully carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks will spark an explosion in the range of services which consumers can use on hotspots, and in the monetization options for operators. New capabilities include faster data rates (802.11ac hotspots), seamless authentication and hand-off to cellular (NGH and Passpoint), wider roaming, carrier-grade network and subscriber management, and improved QoS and security. All these add up to a network which can support many services which were difficult or impossible with previous public Wi-Fi generations. The most important fall into four categories, all of which are enabled by improved levels of performance and reliability:

  • Services which require high levels of security and QoS, such as enterprise communications (especially voice) and public sector applications like safety
  • Services which rely on integration with other networks, such as cellular or cable – part of a broader trend towards converged quad play offerings
  • Services which focus on ultra-reliable machine-to-machine communications rather than human use, such as smart city and smart healthcare applications
  • Services such as ‘TV everywhere’, which are driven by high quality video, which is dependent on good bandwidth and QoS

Stay tuned for the upcoming 2017 State of the Industry Report from the Broadband Wireless Alliance. with great updates on the role of Wi-Fi and unlicensed in 5G, connected cities, and coexistence of Next Gen Wireless.

 

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