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.
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.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft Working On Open Media Formats
A handful of tech companies this week launched the Alliance for Open Media with the intent of creating an open standard for high definition video that will be compatible with all devices across the web. The companies hope to field next-generation codecs that are interoperate and open, optimized for the web, and scalable to any device at any bandwidth.
But who will use it?