Last day on Tuesday in order to streamline the process of connecting with Wi-Fi hotspot at public places, the Alliance announced a new Wi-Fi certification. This is specifically designed to better understand the cellular-to-Wi-Fi data transfer via smartphones and tablets. The program is likely to be launched around mid of 2012, Alliance said.
The main area of concern in public hotspot is authentication and provide via use or equivalent to SIM cards. This technology mainly in use within European GSM phones that provide authentication option on the network. By enabling authentication and billing automatically on the Wi-Fi hotspot around the world will facilitate the customers. According to The Alliance there would around 1.5 million Wi-Fi hotspot users by 2014.
Following are the main features of this Program:
- Automatic Discovery and Selection of public hotspot
- Selection Based on user preference
- Operator Policies
- Network optimization
- Streamline the process of user account
- For additional security WPA2 would be implemented
As per the Alliance this new technology would help to offload data traffic from cellular network to Wi-Fi network if congestion found on data transfer.
Philip Solis, a Research Director for Mobile Devices at ABI Research Said:
Wi-Fi’s performance and ubiquity make it a compelling solution for data offloads, and service providers are leveraging Wi-Fi as an important part of their strategies, having an industry-wide solution for provision and authentication enables service providers to take those strategies even further. It enables the development of roaming agreements and ready access to Wi-Fi for subscribers of numerous service providers.
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