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.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.
Apple, Samsung to Adopt GSMA-Backed Electronic SIMs
The GSMA said it is in advanced talks with Apple and Samsung to adopt the nearly-finalized electronic SIM card standard moving forward. The GSMA has been working with the industry on electronic SIMs for some time and is close to announcing a final standard.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Google and Global Operators Agree on RCS for Android
Google, the GSMA, and a collection of wireless network operators around the world today said they'll work together to bring Rich Communication Services to Android devices around the globe. Google will create an Android RCS client that all the participating carriers will adopt.
But who will use it?