Mobile World Congress is in full swing, and we’ve already seen big news and new device introductions from the likes of Samsung, Nokia and Sony, a slew of wearables like new fitness trackers and smartwatches, and conceptual discussions from carriers on virtualizing their mobile core and app infrastructure.
There have been some firsts, too: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be the first smartphone to introduce 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 2×2 MIMO, which according to Re/code allows the device to transfer more data at the same time, enabling downloads three times faster than the S4. It will also offer a Download Booster to enable users to leverage both Wi-Fi and LTE for even faster download speeds.
This year’s Mobile World Congress is also the site of the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s first Carrier Wi-Fi Summit, bringing together individuals and organizations driving the future of carrier Wi-Fi. With new devices like the Galaxy S5 encouraging greater data consumption, and with data consumption projected to grow 11-fold by 2018, carrier offload solutions are a more important topic than ever in the wireless industry.
Boingo CTO Dr. Derek Peterson will deliver a keynote presentation at the event focused
on an innovation and a “first” nearly three years in the making: the launch of Hotspot 2.0 at more than 21 of Boingo’s U.S. airport locations, and the availability of the Next Generation Hotspot seamless connectivity experience for Boingo unlimited monthly subscribers using iOS 7 devices.
Timed to the start of Mobile World Congress, the Boingo Passpoint-enabled networks – called “Passpoint Secure” – went live at some of the busiest airports in the United States, including LAX, JFK and Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The launch of the Hotspot 2.0 networks does away with public Wi-Fi login screens and browser redirects forever. It provides automatic access to a secure Wi-Fi network using a Passpoint profile stored on an applicable smartphone, dramatically improving the customer experience of getting connected to public Wi-Fi. The networks are now available to Boingo monthly subscribers and partners using iOS 7 devices with a Passpoint Secure profile installed.
Dr. Peterson’s keynote will provide an in-depth look at the Boingo Hotspot 2.0 deployment, which will help to advance the ecosystem for standards-based roaming and carrier data offload, and present next steps toward providing a truly seamless and secure connectivity experience to consumers for network and venue operators.
If you will be at Mobile World Congress, don’t miss Dr. Peterson’s presentation and panel:
Thursday, February 27
Wireless Broadband Alliance Carrier Wi-Fi Summit: Hall 8.0, Theater B
13:30: NGH/Passpoint Deployment at Chicago O’Hare, and 21 U.S. Airports
14:00: Executive Panel Discussion with Boingo, iPass, BT and BSG Wireless
Learn more about the Carrier Wi-Fi Summit, and how you can experience a live NGH experience at Mobile World Congress here.