Wi-Fi Alliance announces upgrades to Passpoint standard

Wi-Fi Alliance claims to make public access easier.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the upgrade of Passpoint, a certified programme to enable more sophisticated connectivity for mobile devices in wifi hotspots. The alliance claims the new, improved Passpoint will now deliver a more streamlined method of creating new user accounts and connecting wifi-only devices to public wifi hotspots. The upgrade to Passpoint will feature WPA2 [...]

Senior manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T: “Small cells offer operators a system that is potentially more cost effective than other solutions”

Jim Parker, Senior Manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T

Jim Parker, senior manager of the Antenna Solutions Group at AT&T is speaking on the subject of, “Challenges of deploying high density venues: From DAS to 4G”, in the HetNets track on Day One of the The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the AT&T Antenna group and its focus for the next year.

Elitecore enables CSPs to target Hospitality Wi-Fi through a Cloud-based platform


Elitecore Technologies, the global provider of Wi-Fi Service Management Platform, announced its support for Hospitality Wi-Fi business model for Service Providers, offering a centralized bundled solution with complete Wi-Fi access infrastructure and internet connectivity on a Managed Services platform. Apart from hospitality, the Elitecore Wi-Fi SMP solution enables operators cater to different business models such as Enterprise, Residential, Mobile Data Offload, Inter-carrier wholesale, Hotspot and Location aware services.

ZON Multimedia: “Everybody seems to be moving to the OTT arena”

Luis Lopes, CTO of ZON Multimedia

The Portuguese cableco’s Executive Director Luis Lopes gives his thoughts on the growing importance of over-the-top (OTT) services to ZON Multimedia, and the business models he expects to support ubiquitous wifi.

Wifi to remain dominant home networking tech

The free wifi offering will target short term users

By 2014, global shipments of core home networking equipment and network-enabled media devices will exceed one billion units, according to ABI Research. But wifi is expected to remain the most common technology used to connect these media devices.

Why Wi-Fi offload and roaming are key to meeting growing data demands


Data traffic demand is growing rapidly in the wake of operator strategies to encourage mobile broadband adoption. As a result, the industry is talking about offload as a solution but one which takes many forms, leaving many operators unsure of which path to take. The business case for Wi-Fi is evolving, and not just for data offload but also voice and messaging, offering an opportunity for the deeper integration of Wi-Fi with the operator’s service portfolio. However, what are the issues and friction points that operators might envisage, and how might they be overcome?