Late Post

Widespread adoption of WBA OpenRoaming on the cards

Less than six months after the standard was first introduced, 79% of service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises have adopted or plan to adopt the WBA OpenRoaming standard, according to a cross-industry survey from Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the worldwide industry body dedicated to improving Wi-Fi standards and services.

The finding is presented in the WBA annual industry report, which puts forward the case for WBA OpenRoaming based on the prediction that the world will become a single, giant Wi-Fi network, allowing billions of people and their devices to connect automatically and securely to millions of Wi-Fi networks around the world.

In this unified network, users will be able to roam from location to location without the need for logins, registrations or passwords. High-profile backers of WBA OpenRoaming include AT&T, Boingo, Broadcom, Cisco, Commscope, Google, Intel and Samsung.

The study revealed that as much as 95% of the comms industry believed Wi-Fi 6 or the forthcoming Wi-Fi 6E standard would be important to their business, with 65% saying they had deployed or would deploy Wi-Fi 6/6E before the end of 2021. Two-thirds (67%) of study participants said the convergence of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G would be very important or