The WBA & GSMA announce NGH at MWC 2015

Public Network at Fira Gran Via Will Enable Automatic Authentication of Mobile Devices onto NGH Wi-Fi Network for Subscribers of Over 30 Networks Including; AT&T, BT, China Mobile, Fon, KT, Orange, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom, Telstra and TELUS

19th February 2015, London, UK: The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, and the GSMA today announced that they will deploy Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) and PasspointTM/ Hotspot 2.0 technology on the Wi-Fi network at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain from 2-5 March. The network, which will also be supported by the Wi-Fi Alliance, will allow attendees using iOS and Android devices that support Passpoint TM/ Hotspot 2.0 of participating mobile operators to automatically roam onto the network using secure credentials and also benefit from a secure Wi-Fi connection.

The platform, provided by Cisco, will demonstrate the full range of NGH and PasspointTM / Hotspot 2.0 capabilities allowing subscribers of these carriers to roam seamlessly onto the public Wi-Fi network at the Fira Gran Via venue. The network will support subscribers of operators including; 2 Degrees, AIS Thailand, AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boingo Wireless, BT, China Mobile, Comcast, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Fon, Idea Cellular, KT, Linktel Corp, Mobily, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Mobilink, MTN Nigeria, NTT DOCOMO, Omantel, Orange, HKT, Portugal Telecom, Telkom Indonesia, SK Telecom, Sprint, Swisscom, Shaw Communications, Telstra, TELUS, Towerstream True Corporation Plc. and Videotron. Additional technology partners include Accuris Networks, BSG Wireless, CableLabs, Front Porch, Spirent and Syniverse. The most up-to-date list of operators participating, and instructions on how subscribers can configure their devices, can be found at: http://www.hotspot2experience.com

“Wi-Fi has been embraced by the cellular community as technology which neatly complements existing infrastructure investment. By making the user experience, security and roaming agreements the same as their cellular counterparts, it now offers the perfect solution to provide additional capacity and coverage for operators,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA. “The NGH Live Experience in Barcelona is the result of hard work by the Wireless Broadband Alliance and its members from across the vale chain. We are delighted to be working with the GSMA and our partners to demonstrate these capabilities at the flagship event in the mobile industry calendar.”

“There is no indication that the proliferation of smart devices, and consumers’ appetite for data show any signs of abating. As a result, NGH Wi-Fi technology represents an ideal solution for mobile operators who wish to augment their existing network infrastructure with a technology that is convenient, accessible and readily available, and uses their existing installed base of SIM cards to make attachment an effortless process” said Dan Warren, Senior Director of Technology at the GSMA.

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