Operators join forces to simplify international Wi-Fi roaming

Users will be able to access more hotspots in the same way they do at home

A group of operators including AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT and China Mobile have joined forces to work on a common framework for Wi-Fi roaming to make it easier for users to access hotspots while travelling abroad.

Mobile operators have come to see public Wi-Fi as an important part of their networks as they face growing data usage volumes. But processes for users to connect to and roam on to Wi-Fi networks are still fragmented, according to the Wireless Broadband Association.

The industry organization leads the Wi-Fi Roaming Interoperability Compliancy Program (ICP), which aims to change that by specifying guidelines on user authentication, network selection and billing mechanisms. The goal is to make it easier for operators to enter into roaming agreements, it said.

Users will benefit from having access to an increased number of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, and users can also expect to be able to access hotspots in the same way they do at home.

The first trial of the program was launched on Dec. 17 and the plan is to launch it by May or June next year, according to the WBA. Some of the key elements of ICP are already in place, including common templates and technical requirements, a WBA spokeswoman said via email.

KT, NTT DoCoMo, PCCW, Shaw Communications, Smart Communications and True are also participating.

This isn't the first time the participants have worked together to allow for Wi-Fi roaming. Last week NTT DoCoMo and Boingo announced a partnership that allows NTT DoCoMo users to access Boingo's hotspots and vice versa.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

2015 State of The IT Channel Survey : IT'S TIME!!! Fill in this year's State of the IT Channel Survey and be in the running to win great prizes. CLICK HERE

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags NTT DoCoMoPCCWtelecommunicationBTBoingo WirelessNetworkingwirelessWLANs / Wi-FiKTCarriersAT&T Wirelesschina mobile

 

Latest News

10:39AM
Optus launches wrist-watch payment app for Apple and Android
10:22AM
Australia's first fintech hub set for launch in Sydney
08:28AM
Huawei drops DNA Connect for Synnex and iCITA
04:06PM
Adobe promotes Irwin to top partner role
More News
04 Mar
2015 International Women's Day Melbourne Luncheon
25 Mar
2015 International Women's Day Sydney Luncheon
26 Mar
Navigating the Internet of Things Summit
26 Mar
Navigating the Internet of Things Summit
View all events