Hotspot 2.0 at CES 2013: Exploring a “Totally Disruptive Communication Technology”


A show of hands at the start of the “Hotspot 2.0: How Passpoint Will Change Wireless Communications” panel at CES 2013 revealed that the majority of attendees were not familiar with what moderator Stewart Wolpin called a potentially “totally disruptive communication technology.”

On Day 2 of CES 2013, Boingo’s Chief Scientist Niels Jonker and his fellow panelists from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) and HP Labs introduced the crowd to the mobile roaming standards – including Hotspot 2.0, Next Generation Hotspot and Passpoint – that have the potential to deliver “more data, for less money, faster,” and create a user experience that’s as easy and seamless as cellular.

Boingo's Chief Scientist Niels Jonker discussing Hotspot 2.0 at CES 2013

Boingo’s Chief Scientist Niels Jonker discussing Hotspot 2.0 at CES 2013

The panelists educated the audience about the progress made to date on these protocols, and the game-changing potential of the standards. Niels and his fellow experts described a future where seamless connectivity is possible anywhere a traveler roams; where compliant hotspots will feature connections with government-grade security; where devices are smart enough to learn where to find the best connection, with no user action needed; and where its finally possible to have the consistent quality of service and network capacity to download a video on the go.

Seem far-fetched? The WBA’s CEO Shrikant Shenwai reported that more than half of all WBA member companies are already looking to deploy Next Generation Hotspot protocols on their networks, and the panelists expect this technology to be ubiquitous by 2015.

Want to learn more about these revolutionary standards? Check out the video of the panel here: http://bcove.me/d5l7ssyg

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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