Wireless Broadband Alliance gains 14 new members

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has revealed 14 additional members since January this year as it moves to progress the development of Carrier Wifi worldwide.

The WBA is an industry body focussed on driving next-generation Wifi services, and almost every country in the world is now represented in the alliance.

The 14 additions include Telstra, Liberty Global, Telus, Mobily, Alcatel-Lucent, Charter Communications, Gemalto, Broadcom, Global Reach, Linktel, BAI, Airi Ventures, DigiCert and Elitecore.

“These new additions join at a critical time, when the benefits of Wifi have been fully recognised and solutions such as NGH (next-generation hotspot), Carrier Wifi and Community Wifi have finally broken into the commercial world,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO at the WBA.

“Our new members play a crucial role in ensuring that consumers connecting to a Wifi network will be exposed to the best user experience possible, regardless of time or location.”

The WBA hopes to develop a number of initiatives to promote global Wifi roaming and compliant interoperability, as well as carry out NGH trials, in a bid to make Wifi as seamless and secure as possible.

Existing WBA operators – which include AT&T, BT, Comcast, Orange and Time Warner Cable – serve approximately 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 10 million hotspots worldwide.

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