The trials will take place in Q4 and employ the first generation of Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint equipment.
The trials will build on the first phase of tests conducted earlier this year that used prototype equipment from a wide variety of different vendors to test automatic hotspot discovery and authentication across many different operators' networks.
The new trials will repeat the basic phase one tests using the newly Certified Wi-Fi equipment as well as verify more advanced operator billing and connectivity policies in addition to extensive authentication methods. The trials will test operator-to-operator billing procedures to ensure that they are compensated when carrying each other's subscribers.
"Growing mobile data usage is driving a surge of operator interest in public Wi-Fi. Key to this is the development of a new generation of hotspots. Not only do they remove the need for cumbersome log-in procedures, they also support operator roaming agreements giving users broadband access wherever they are. By employing simple connectivity, open standards and global operator relationships, public Wi-Fi now has the same crucial ingredients that made cellular technologies such a massive success. Many of the world's largest operators are now set to put the first standards-based hotspot equipment through its paces in the most extensive trials ever conducted later this year," said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance.
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