OpenRoaming Surpasses One Million Hotspots Worldwide as WBA Releases Version 3 of OpenRoaming

Consumers and businesses benefit from automatic, secure, private, carrier-grade Wi-Fi in offices, college campuses, arenas, airports, hospitals and more

London, UK, May 25, 2022: The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced that the number of OpenRoaming™ access points has surpassed one million worldwide. This milestone is the latest example of WBA OpenRoaming’s success in providing Wi-Fi users with seamless and automatic network access, enterprise-grade security and, with Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, a carrier-grade Wi-Fi experience across multiple Site (s.

WBA also announced Version 3 of OpenRoaming, launching today, which will make the business and commercial aspects of roaming easier than ever and, most importantly, reduce hundreds of hours of legal and administrative time during establishment of roaming settlement agreements.

OpenRoaming – 1 million global hotspots
The 1 million OpenRoaming access points cover a wide variety of locations, including airports, universities, stadiums/arenas, office buildings and municipalities. Examples include San Jose State University, Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Canary Wharf, London Stadium, Live Nation BottleRock Festival, São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil, and various municipalities and tourist destinations enabled by Boingo, Cisco, CommScope, Extreme Networks and other members. of the federation. A recent proof-of-concept deployment by WBA member Airties to automatically onboard Wi-Fi client devices to a home Wi-Fi 6 network also paves the way for the deployment of OpenRoaming on home Wi-Fi networks.

WBA OpenRoaming enables enterprises, device OEMs, service providers, and others to provide business users and consumers with automatic, secure, and frictionless access to Wi-Fi. It provides the flexibility to support a variety of business models and a quality of service suited to their customers. Launched in May 2020, the OpenRoaming platform was developed as a global solution based on a common set of standards to bridge the gap between cellular and Wi-Fi, providing users with frictionless connectivity when users are on the move. between guest Wi-Fi networks and public Wi-Fi. hotspots, as well as from cellular to Wi-Fi.

OpenRoaming allows sites to connect their customers seamlessly and quickly. It removes barriers to user onboarding and increases engagement opportunities. The OpenRoaming standard frees users from the need to constantly re-register or re-enter login credentials and provides performance guarantees and quality of experience (QoE) capabilities when users roam between different public Wi-Fi domains/ private.

OpenRoaming also helps companies ensure an absolute standard of privacy and set a high security bar. It ensures a solid safety bar as a baseline. This is a major benefit for users and businesses and an improvement over connecting through open, unsecured networks. In an age of hybrid work/play culture, secure Wi-Fi networks are paramount to combating the growing threat of hacking, scams and eavesdropping. For example, all 24 Adventist Health hospital campuses now use OpenRoaming so that staff and visitors can seamlessly and securely connect to Wi-Fi without additional training or the need to enter login credentials. This saves doctors and nurses valuable time and ensures that staff, patient and visitor data passes through a private and secure Wi-Fi connection.

OpenRoaming – Version 3
Version 3 includes a significant enhancement to the legal and business framework providing the ability to implement a new model-based approach, making business agreements between federation members simpler and easier to scale. Dynamic settlement capabilities allow price variations to vary during peak hours.

Additionally, Version 3 has been enhanced to include automated tools, reports, and APIs to significantly reduce the overhead of managing and administering an OpenRoaming network, while providing an online portal for members of the self-service federation. Enhanced identity verification has also been enabled so that identity providers are able to meet regulatory and legislative requirements as well as business and enterprise needs.

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, said“In just 18 months, WBA OpenRoaming has already exceeded one million hotspots worldwide. This is a major milestone, highlighting how quickly the market has recognized the benefits for network operators, infrastructure providers, device OEMs and end users. It also reflects demand driven by the emergence of private 5G networks requiring simple roaming between cellular and Wi-Fi.

“But this step is just the beginning. We expect to see even more types of locations adopting WBA OpenRoaming, including hotels, cafes, trains, planes and connected cars. In fact, in our latest cross-industry survey, 40% of companies said they had implemented Passpoint/OpenRoaming or planned to do so before the end of this year. Wherever you work, live and play, OpenRoaming will be there.

OpenRoaming has been adopted by most major Wi-Fi equipment vendors and device OEMs. Federation members include Adentro, Airties, Boingo, Broadcom, Cisco, Cityroam, Cloud4WI, Commscope, eduroam, Enea, Extreme Networks, GlobalReach, Intel, Kyrio, Samsung, Single Digits and many more among the growing ecosystem growth.

Further developments on OpenRoaming will be announced this year with the next version of the standard.

For more information on WBA OpenRoaming, visit https://wballiance.com/openroaming.

QUOTES FROM WBA MEMBERS
David Coleman, Director of Wireless, CTO Office, Extreme Networks said, “Enabling 5G and Wi-Fi networks to work together is necessary to support the flexible ways people want to work, learn and experience the world. OpenRoaming brings us one step closer to providing always-on connectivity, wherever the user is. Surpassing one million hotspots worldwide is an achievement we can be proud of, and we look forward to continuing to support the WBA’s global efforts.

Dr. Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless and WBA Board Co-Chair said, “Boingo launched the world’s first airport Wi-Fi 6 network with OpenRoaming in 2021 at São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil. Since this historic deployment, OpenRoaming has made tremendous progress, and Boingo applauds the WBA for its commitment to advancing converged Wi-Fi solutions that are transforming the convenience of online access.

Matt MacPherson, Wireless CTO, Cisco said, “OpenRoaming is a game-changing technology. It was designed to solve a major problem in our industry – seamless and secure integration – but has since grown to play a fundamental role in our vision for Wi-Fi and cellular networks in the future. By reaching one million access points worldwide and also introducing version 3 to remove barriers to adoption, OpenRoaming is cementing its place as a fundamental building block of wireless technology.

Eric McLaughlin, Vice President, Client Computing Group, General Manager Wireless Solutions Group at Intel Corporation said, “Reaching the first million global hotspots is an important step on the road to scaling ubiquitous OpenRoaming. OpenRoaming enables seamless connectivity between Wi-Fi domains, which is a key enhancement to the user experience of a PC device and is especially important in a growing hybrid world where people work, interact and play from anywhere . Intel is fully committed to improving connectivity with its latest Wi-Fi 6E portfolio and support for OpenRoaming and wants to partner with the ecosystem for its enablement, adoption and expansion.

Bart Giordano, SVP and GM at Ruckus Networks said “Ruckus Networks has a long history of leadership in the Wi-Fi roaming industry. incredible user through secure and seamless services Wi-Fi connectivity across multiple locations With our portfolio of industry-leading Wi-Fi infrastructure, we are committed to making that secure and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity even more ubiquitous in the future.

JM Choi, Vice President and Head of Connectivity R&D Group at Mobile eXperience Business, Samsung Electronics said, “We are excited that the tremendous advancements in OpenRoaming Hotspots can change the Galaxy user’s connected experience. With a Samsung Account and an eligible device, a Galaxy user can enjoy the OpenRoaming network simply, securely, and quickly. We are very honored to celebrate this milestone for the OpenRoaming service, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with WBA for the development and expansion of OpenRoaming.

About the Wireless Broadband Alliance
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is the global organization that connects people with the latest Wi-Fi initiatives. Founded in 2003, the vision of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to deliver seamless and interoperable service experiences over Wi-Fi. -Fi within the global wireless ecosystem. WBA’s mission is to enable collaboration between service providers, technology companies, cities, regulators and organizations to achieve this vision. WBA members are comprised of leading carriers, identity providers and technology companies across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with a shared vision.

WBA undertakes programs and activities to address business and technical issues, as well as opportunities, for member companies. The WBA’s areas of work include standards development, industry guidelines, testing, certification and advocacy. Its key programs include NextGen Wi-Fi, OpenRoaming, 5G, IoT, Testing & Interoperability, and Policy & Regulatory Affairs, with member-led working groups dedicated to resolving standards and technical issues to promote end-to-end services. end and accelerate business opportunities.

WBA’s board of directors includes Airties, AT&T, Boingo Wireless, Broadcom, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom AG, Google, Intel and Viasat. For the full list of current WBA members, click here: https://wballiance.com/join-us/current-members/

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