As per the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), it is planning to take over the ownership and management of Cisco’s OpenRoaming as a global wireless industry standard.
According to the WBA, the move is designed to facilitate the adoption of OpenRoaming by new and existing Wi-Fi networks and by identity and service providers and other technology partners.
According to WBA, it will be taking full control of the development, promotion, and administration of OpenRoaming. OpenRoaming is built upon a set of standards and guidelines which are jointly developed by the WBA and Wi-Fi Alliance.
As per WBA, OpenRoaming is an open standard and adheres to Wi-Fi certified passpoint and wireless roaming intermediary (WRIX) standards, which bridges the gap between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This will enable the Wi-Fi users to seamlessly move from one Wi-Fi network to another without being required to pre-register or sign in.
It further, added that OpenRoaming has been now opened for business as well. To this end, WBA has invited private or public Wi-Fi networks players to join the open ecosystem. It also claims that the services offered can now be automatic, secure and interoperable.
WBA claims that industry leaders including Boingo Wireless, Cisco, GlobalReach Technology, Intel, Korea Telekom, and others have pledged support for OpenRoaming.
As a result of this initiative, WBA’s global ecosystem can now integrate OpenRoaming into its technologies, irrespective of equipment provider.
Further, WBA said that the application of OpenRoaming technology extends beyond smartphones, claiming that automobile companies had been trialing this technology in autonomous and connected vehicles. While commercial developers are also using OpenRoaming to assess and efficiently utilise their space.