The Divide: WBA's Tiago Rodrigues on Wi-Fi spectrum and the goal of OpenRoaming

In this episode, we hear from Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), a nonprofit organization working to improve Wi-Fi technologies and services worldwide.

We discuss the importance of Wi-Fi access and harmonizing standards, as well as the relevance of emerging technologies like WBA's OpenRoaming to closing the digital divide, and why WBA is pushing governments to open more Wi-Fi spectrum or risk widening the global connectivity gap.

Here are a few topics discussed in this episode:

  • About the Wireless Broadband Alliance and its research on the digital divide (1:12)
  • What OpenRoaming is, and how it can broaden access to Wi-Fi (6:19)
  • How OpenRoaming may complement residential broadband services (9:26)
  • OpenRoaming is gaining traction with "major players" like Samsung (11:11)
  • Why WBA is pushing for additional Wi-Fi spectrum worldwide (16:37)
  • How Advantage Health Hospitals is using OpenRoaming at its clinics (18:15)

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Nicole Ferraro, editor, Light Reading, and host of "​​The Divide" podcast.

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