Smart iSeamless Handover and Authentication Critical for Wi-Fi Offload and User Experience
Mobile operators are moving towards seamless handover and authentication that will pave the way for more effective Wi-Fi offload and Wi-Fi hotspot monetisation, according to Dr. William Emmanuel S. Yu, consultant Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
Smart is the leading wireless services provider in the Philippines and also a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (the association responsible for the Next Generation Hotspot program). Dr. Yu will be sharing the operator’s network experiences at the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress co-hosted by KT in Seoul, Korea 25-28 June.
Wi-Fi is fast becoming recognised as a core requirement for radio access networks
Regarding the requirement for Wi-Fi offloading Dr. Yu says, “We work with the basic philosophy to use all available technology and resources (particularly spectrum) to provide the necessary services to our customers. With the continued increase in data demand from consumers, it is important for us to ensure that we continue to invest in infrastructure to support our customers' needs. This includes approaches like data offloading which is essential in high density areas, high rise buildings and deep concrete structures.”
He continues, “Smart and PLDT have many wireless and fixed initiatives with respect to Wi-Fi. Our three main areas of focus include: 1) Bundling of broadband packages with Wi-Fi service (both home and within the network) 2) Deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi infrastructure in high data traffic density areas 3) Working with other operators and the WBA to offer expanded Wi-Fi roaming services. Both SMART and PLDT are focused on increasing our footprint of a Wi-Fi covered area.”
Data use will continue to increase and Wi-Fi will continue to build in relevance for mobile operators
When asked about Carrier Grade Wi-Fi’s longevity he adds, “As long as users require more data and spectrum is a scarce resource, then offloading technologies, including carrier-grade Wi-Fi, are here to stay.”
The topic of network intelligence and mobile devices is also being discussed at the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress. When questioned about this Dr. Yu added, “End-users always get priority of what network transport they intend to use with their devices. However, as an operator, we provide suggestions and recommendations to end users on their best connectivity options based on our knowledge of our infrastructure and cost structure, particularly with roaming. Various technologies and approaches can be used to provide these suggestions and recommendations.”
During the upcoming WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress in Seoul, Dr. Yu will present the company’s latest Wi-Fi initiatives and offer insight into Wi-Fi’s role in heterogeneous networks. The event will bring together hundreds of industry experts and device manufactures from the entire Wi-Fi ecosystem between the 25th and 27th of June 2012.
The WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress is being organised in an exclusive partnership with the Wireless Broadband Alliance and co-hosted by Korea Telecom. The event features updates on the Next Generation Hotspot program and roundtable discussions, case studies, panels, exhibitions and talks that will provide insight into the future of Carrier Grade Wi-Fi from companies that span the globe.
Smart also offers 3G and HSPA+ services, and the country’s first and only LTE network. Its Smart Link service provides communications to the global maritime industry. Smart Broadband, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers a wireless broadband service, Smart BRO, with over 1.6 million subscribers as of end-December 2011.
Companies speaking at the event include: KT, Google, China Mobile, AT&T, Fon, PCC, Orange, Smart, Aircel Limited, U-Mobile, Research In Motion (RIM), Mobily and China Unicom amongst others.
Event dates and location: 25-28 of June 2012, The Millennium Hilton, Seoul, Korea
To find out more details on the event visit: www.wifiglobalcongress.com
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the leading wireless services provider in the Philippines and also a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (the association responsible for the Next Generation Hotspot program). Dr. Yu will be sharing the operator’s network experiences at the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress co-hosted by KT in Seoul, Korea 25-28 June.