Small Cell Groups Work on Wi-Fi Integration

Wireless Broadband Alliance and Small Cell Forum Cooperate to integrate Wi-Fi hotspots and small cells

November 5, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, and the Small Cell Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment worldwide, today announced they will work together to integrate Wi-Fi hotspots and licensed small cells.

Telecom operators worldwide are increasingly deploying both licensed and unlicensed technologies - in the form of small cells and public Wi-Fi - making this an opportune time to examine how they can be best integrated. By employing both technologies, operators can significantly improve the user experience through dramatically increased network capacity and with advanced traffic management techniques. Furthermore, by integrating the two technologies they can also lower device, infrastructure installation and backhaul costs.

The two organizations will cooperate on a range of initiatives including simple measures such as looking at how small cells could impact the WBA and GSMA’s efforts to simplify Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) access, and sharing best practices for optimizing the user experience and operator deployment strategies for joint Wi-Fi/small cell hotspots. The WBA’s NGH program is already making public Wi-Fi more accessible by removing the need for usernames and passwords. Major operators globally are currently trialling these new hotspots and deployments are expected imminently.

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