Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Next Generation Hotspot trials end, promise automatic Wi-Fi

updated 01:00 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2012

Commercial NGHs coming over next 12 months

Industry association Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) revealed on Thursday that some of the biggest carriers in the world have successfully tested Next Generation Hotspots (NGH). Wi-Fi access to these hubs is much simpler, and the second half of 2012 will see more tests that involve more advanced features. The first commercial NGHs will be built over the course of the next 10 months.

NGHs don't require users to enter names and passwords to access, and thus behave similarly to cellular networks. The scheme might allow carriers to ease the burden on their cellular networks by offloading some of the users to these local hotspots more quickly. Security comes through end-to-end radio link encryption and SIM card authentication on GSM, HSPA, and LTE, again mimicking cell networks.

The tests gauged network discovery and selection, security, automatic authentication in a production environment on, and between, different operators' actual networks using equipment and devices from various vendors.

The companies involved in the tests and backing the technology include carriers AT&T, BT, China Mobile, DoCoMo InterTouch, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, PCCW Mobile, Portugal Telecom, Smart Communications, Swisscom, TeliaSonera, and True Corp. Mobile device makers LG and Intel are also involved, as are network equipment makers Accuris Networks, Aruba Networks, BelAir Networks, Cisco, and Ruckus Wireless. Clearing houses Aicent, BSG, and TNS are likewise present.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007

    0

    Uhh. Does this mean

    WiFi is finally able to charge roaming, minutes, and texting fees? If you're going to make the cell phone tech analogy,...

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News