The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has a very compelling new Webinar series on TelecomsRadar about Carrier Wi-Fi. Manish Malhotra and Paul Hancock from AT&T present how AT&T is leveraging Passpoint. In particular, Paul shares a detailed history of AT&T leveraging wi-fi to improve their end users broadband experience including their migration from older to newer authentication protocols to improve security and user-experience. Accuris Networks is a proud partner of AT&T helping them deliver on these two critical aspects of Mobile Offload services. Register to watch the webinar here: https://telecomsradar.com/webinar/att-business-wi-fi-product-overview
Accuris Network's customer, Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), has launched a new Universal Wi-Fi Access Solution to allow mobile network operators to quickly offer access across the Deutsche Telekom Wifi footprint including in-flight Wifi, without the need for their own Wifi platform.
Recently, NBC’s Today show team presented some topical segments on the dangers of open, unsecure Wi-Fi that are commonplace at Hotels and other locations https://www.today.com/money/how-protect-your-data-hackers-while-spring-break-t124181 and https://www.today.com/money/spring-break-travel-safety-jeff-rossen-offers-tips-t125260 (head to 3:10 for the Wi-Fi segment in this one). Both highlight again the growing everyday risks to users in being knowingly (or unknowingly) attached to open Wi-Fi networks where their usage can easily be monitored, intercepting sensitive personal data such as Credit card numbers, Bank and Email account information.
Did you catch the news a few days ago about Facebook launching a Wi-Fi app? This was first spotted by TechCrunch on March 15th. As they reported: "This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network. The company’s Express Wi-Fi program is live in five developing countries that see local business owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots where people can pay to access higher-speed bandwidth via local telecoms instead of paying steep prices for slow cellular data connections."
At the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Working Group session in Tokyo, Japan this week, AT&T presented their success with Wi-Fi roaming over the last 5 years. Additionally, they announced they are now promoting thier own Wi-Fi network in the US as ready for in-bound Passpoint roaming as well as interest in partnering to roam onto Passpoint networks around the world.
A few weeks ago our Charman/CEO, Larry Quinn and EMEA Regional Sales VP, Mohammed Elneel were invited to participate at Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH) 15th Annual User Group meeting gathering 82 operators from Europe, Africa, Asia and the MENA region. An article in CommsMEA noted:
It’s a Tale of Two Radios. We’re all pretty familiar with the two main Radio Access Networks (or RANs as they are known as in the trade) on our Smartphone or tablet devices that give us that all-important internet connectivity: Cellular mobile and Wi-Fi – and also the big difference between them historically in terms of ease of access to that connectivity from a user experience perspective.