GSMA and WBA Partner to Simplify Wi-Fi Roaming
The GSM Association and Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced a new collaboration that they hope will lead to more seamless Wi-Fi access for users of smartphones and tablets. According to the GSMA, the new system will do away with the myriad different ways to authenticate user identities on Wi-Fi networks and will use SIM card-based authentication instead. This will allow mobile network operators to identify customers whether they are on cellular or Wi-Fi networks. The joint initiative is working to create the technical and commercial frameworks for Wi-Fi roaming. It will use the Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint technology and the WBA's Next Generation Hotspot technology in addition to the GSMA's own roaming standards. The GSMA and WBA have already made some progress, but the two organizations didn't provide a timeline for when this technology might be available in consumer devices.
But who will use it?