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China Mobile, Cisco & WBA Show Off Next-Gen Hotspots

BEIJING -- The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today announced that it will launch a live Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) experience during its Wi-Fi Global Congress in Beijing this November (18th-21st). The NGH compliant network will allow 13 operators including; AT&T, Boingo, BT, China Mobile, Fon, KT, NTT DOCOMO Inc, Orange, SK Telecom, True, Time Warner Cable, Portugal Telecom and Towerstream to demonstrate the full range of NGH capabilities at the event. The WBA has collaborated with China Mobile as host operator along with Aicent as their main hub provider and Cisco as the Wi-Fi network infrastructure provider, to execute this first live public deployment of its kind.

The ‘end-to-end, real-life’ experience will feature live NGH-based Wi-Fi access for users and a number of different demonstrations. At the show, attendees can take advantage of:

  • A fully deployed NGH network, provided by Cisco
  • Passpoint certified devices from a number of manufacturers made available to demonstrate and deliver the full ‘end-to-end, real-life’ NGH experience
  • Seamless Wi-Fi roaming demonstration with a number of participating WBA member operators through our host operator China Mobile and their local roaming hub Aicent
  • Complete network access and backward compatibility including support for legacy devices

    As part of the NGH experience, the WBA will also be offering an ‘NGH Showcase’ which will feature NGH-capable devices, services and applications using the installed NGH network in the venue.

    Interest in this technology has been fueled by the world’s largest operators and vendors recently completing a number of advanced NGH trials which led to the introduction of critical features such as seamless authentication, automatic network detection, adoption and secure access. This will ultimately give users easier access to a far greater number of public Wi-Fi access points around the world, without the need for usernames and passwords per venue.

    Wireless Broadband Alliance

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