Wireless Broadband Alliance
GlobalReach Technology has provided a Hotspot 2.0 online sign-up (OSU) server not one, but three times for the WBA’s Wi-Fi Global Congress.
The service provided event delegates with seamless authentication and roaming at three different venues including San Jose (2015); London (2015) and San Francisco (2014).
The WBA event services were enabled by GlobalReach’s cloud-based Wi-Fi platform. Event delegates simply completed a one-time profile download, for a cellular-like, seamless and secure authentication to the service and an automatic connection whenever they were in range of the Hotspot 2.0 next generation Hotspots.
The WBA is the industry’s leading body for the development of specifications, guidelines, resources and collaborative work to make the Wi-Fi experience easier, more secure and available to more people. The choice of GlobalReach as the Wi-Fi provisioning and authentication platform was testament to the company’s Hotspot 2.0 leadership.
Separate to the WBA events from the GlobalReach has a rich history with California’s Silicon Valley Wi-Fi. Working with San Francisco and San Jose, GlobalReach created and launched the world's first large-scale municipal Passpoint™ Hotspot 2.0 service in 2014, allowing millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to the internet.
- Hotspot 2.0 usage was a record in San Jose, October 2015.
- Over the three events, more than 5,500 individual devices connected.
- Almost 90,000 sessions recorded.
- Almost 400,000 minutes were clocked up, with 260,000 MBs used.
“Next gen Wi-Fi at our events in the Silicon Valley and London has shown that Hotspot 2.0 and next generation Hotspots can deliver a completely seamless and ubiquitous Wi-Fi experience across a growing number of locations, using a wide range of Passpoint-enabled devices. At the last WBA Global Congress, more than 30 operators and partners demonstrated seamless roaming across San Jose, including San Jose Convention Centre and hotel, San Jose airport and several parts of the city of San Jose, and for the first time included Wi-Fi calling with two North American operators.”
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO and co-founder, WBA