WBA OpenRoaming to Connect Billions of Devices to a Single Global Wi-Fi Network

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), an industry association formed to promote interoperability between operators in the Wi-Fi industry, invited all organizations in the Wi-Fi ecosystem to join WBA OpenRoaming. WBA OpenRoaming provides a new global standards-led approach, removing public-guest Wi-Fi connectivity barriers and bringing greater convenience and security to the wireless ecosystem. This initiative will become part of a globally available Wi-Fi federation that offers an automatic and secure connection of billions of devices to millions of Wi-Fi networks. WBA OpenRoaming removes the need to search for Wi-Fi networks, to repeatedly enter or create login credentials, or to constantly reconnect or re-register to public Wi-Fi.

For organizations and businesses, WBA OpenRoaming provides the opportunity to create new commercial business models and innovative services with speed and simplicity. Declaring WBA OpenRoaming as open for business, WBA CEO Tiago Rodrigues said that the Wi-Fi is already arguably the most successful wireless technology of all time, but with these globally agreed standards and policies, they can take public-guest Wi-Fi to another level in terms of ease-of-use and global availability. OpenRoaming creates an open framework for all types of players to join and develop their Wi-Fi services and create new business opportunities. WBA is currently inviting venues, vendors and operator/identity providers to join WBA OpenRoaming and revolutionise Wi-Fi usage around the world.

WBA OpenRoaming simplifies Wi-Fi much like the cellular roaming experience. Companies who join WBA OpenRoaming can allow end users to automatically connect on any Wi-Fi network managed by a federation member. No more SSID-password guessing games, insecure login credentials or reconnecting to public Wi-Fi.  From enterprises to coffee shops, concert venues to connected cars, WBA OpenRoaming creates a world where Wi-Fi users move from one network to another without needing to constantly re-register or sign-in.

WBA OpenRoaming defines the industry policies and standards that will manage the federation.  The framework and standards are based on the following features:

  • Cloud federation, consisting of a global database of networks and identities, dynamic discovery and the Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange (WRIX).
  • Cyber security, consisting of Public Key Infrastructure and RadSec providing the certificate policy, management and brokerage services.
  • Network automation, facilitated by an automated roaming consortium framework and policy and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint.

Companies who join WBA OpenRoaming are included in a federation of identity and network providers. Equipment vendors, identity providers, venues and operators – as well as private and public Wi-Fi networks can join WBA OpenRoaming and immediately become part of the global ecosystem and help to shape the future of the federation.

The pioneering companies members of WBA supporting the WBA OpenRoaming standards includes Airmesh, Airties, Aprecomm, American Tower, Aptilo, AT&T, Boingo Wireless, Broadcom Inc, Cisco, Cityroam, Comcast, Commscope, Deutsche Telekom, Eduroam, Eleven Software,Global ReachTechnology, Google, Hub One, Hughes Systique Corp, Intel Corporation, IT&E, m3connect, Nomosphere, Orange, Purple Wi-Fi, Samsung, Single Digits, Sun Global, Veniam, WifiCoin and Zephyrtel. Together these companies provide Wi-Fi services that reach billions of people and things.

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