The Telecom Infra (TIP) OpenWiFi project has introduced the Wireless Broadband (WBA) OpenRoaming standard, which opens the way for users to move seamlessly between loaders without having to reconnect or provide security tokens.
OpenWiFi wants to rethink the way wireless networks are built and managed by solving fragmentation.
The idea is that the user has a common identity that can be used on multiple networks without additional interaction, as handovers between access points are managed in the same way that mobile operators transfer subscribers from cell to cell.
Wi-Fi 6 OpenRoaming
The project leverages open source development and automated testing to enable Wi-Fi service providers to access hardware and software, such as cloud controllers and smart analytics, securely from multiple vendors knowing they are compatible.
“WBA OpenRoaming is a strong complement to the OpenWiFi network, as both projects are designed to remove barriers to connectivity,” said WBA CEO Tiago Rodrigues. “WBA and TIP both envision a world, hopefully not too far away, where digital connectivity will be simplified and streamlined across the entire ecosystem of communications service providers, OEMs, businesses and consumers.”
The big vision is to make the world a “one, giant Wi-Fi network” that will allow billions of people to connect automatically and securely anywhere, complementing cellular connections in connected network architectures. Using Wi-Fi has other benefits in certain situations, such as a more reliable connection and faster speeds in areas where your mobile device is weak, and lower battery consumption.
Cisco has successfully tested OpenRoaming technology in Orkney and has adopted it commercially in Canary Wharf, London. Cisco transferred control of OpenRoaming to the WBA last year, hoping to promote cross-industry collaboration and support.
Other sponsors include AT&T, Boingo, Broadcom, Commscope, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Intel, Net Experience and Samsung.