WBA: 12 Carriers Deploying Hotspot 2.0
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, today announced significant advances in Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) deployments including 12 live commercial NGH deployments from WBA member operators from the US (Boingo, Towerstream, Time Warner Cable), Asia (KT, NTT DOCOMO, SKT,Telkom Indonesia), Europe (Orange), South America (Linktel) and the Middle East (Mobily), supported by infrastructure vendor members such as Aruba Networks, Cisco and Ruckus Wireless. These developments, and the others in the pipeline, show that the adoption and deployment of NGH and Passpoint network equipment and devices is becoming increasingly mainstream with more operators looking set to follow suit in the coming years.
In addition, more than 20 carriers will participate in the live NGH experience during the Wi-Fi Global Congress taking place in San Francisco from the 6-10th October 2014. Participants currently confirmed include; AT&T, Boingo, BT, China Mobile, CableLabs, Fon, KT, Linktel Corp, Meteor Networks, Mobily, BIGLOBE, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, PCCW, Portugal Telecom, SKT, Shaw Communications, Telkom Indonesia, Towerstream, and TRUE Thailand.
“Carrier Wi-Fi is coming of age with an ever growing number of NGH deployments, both coast-to-coast in the US and around the world. In San Francisco, we are excited to be in the position to provide an environment where end users can experience the benefits of the technology first hand. Working withRuckus Wireless, Global Reach, Towerstream, The City of San Francisco, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless, we are able to provide a robust network and deliver a completely seamless and ubiquitous Wi-Fi experience across a number of locations and using a wide range of Passpoint enabled devices,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance.