Next Generation Hotspot in Development

The GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced they are working together to simplify connectivity to Wi-Fi hotspots from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The joint initiative is developing technical and commercial frameworks for Wi-Fi roaming, which will bring together the benefits of mobile technology and Wi-Fi networks for the first time, creating a far simpler consumer experience.

Wi-Fi roaming will be based on the WBA’s ‘Next Generation Hotspot’ programme and
the Wi-Fi Alliance’s ‘Passpoint certification’ technology. It will also build on the
GSMA’s successful roaming principles that have propelled the mobile industry to
more than six billion mobile connections worldwide, a number that is expected to
more than double within the next ten years.

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Source: Wireless Broadband Alliance

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