The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today (27 August 2014) announced that 14 new members have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of Carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world.
Since January 2014, new members include Airi Ventures, Alcatel-Lucent, BAI, Broadcom, Charter Communications, DigiCert, Elitecore, Gemalto, Global Reach, Liberty Global, Linktel, Mobily, Telstra and Telus. They join at a pivotal time when Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) networks are now a commercial reality and operators are reaping the benefits of an improved carrier-grade of Wi-Fi.
Almost every continent in the world is represented by these new members from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, spanning a diversity of sectors from large mobile operators, to device manufacturers to chipset vendors.
Together the membership will engage in various WBA-led initiatives including the promotion of Global Wi-Fi Roaming, the Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP) and trials of the Next Generation Hotspot, all laying the groundwork to make Wi-Fi truly seamless, interoperable and secure.
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA said: “The WBA brings together all parties from across the ecosystem, giving them the opportunity to work together to make Wi-Fi the best it can be. These new additions join at a critical time when the benefits of Wi-Fi have been fully recognised and solutions such as NGH, Carrier Wi-Fi and Community Wi-Fi have finally broken in to the commercial world.
“Our new members play a crucial role in ensuring that consumers connecting to a Wi-Fi network will be exposed to the best user experience possible, regardless of time or location. I look forward to meeting them along with other industry leaders from all parts of the ecosystem at our Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco in the fall.”
New members are in good company, with existing members representing some of the biggest names in the telecoms industry such as AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel Corporation, iPass, KT Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, Orange and Time Warner Cable. WBA operator members collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 10 million hotspots globally.
Both current and new members will be attending the WBA’s fifth Wi-Fi Global Congress and 25th WBA Roundtable Conference at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 6-10 October.
There will be a number of presentations from WBA members and partners including AT&T, City of San Jose, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco, Devicescape, KT, Google, Broadcom, Comcast, Microsoft , BT, Boingo, Global Reach (and many more to be confirmed soon) as well as the presentation of the Wi-Fi Industry Awards on the 9th October.
For more details on the event, please visit: http://www.wifiglobalcongress.com