Seventy-nine percent of service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises have or plan to adopt the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s OpenRoaming Wi-Fi standard, according to a Wi-Fi roaming survey from WBA.
The organization describes the standard as initiative to make “the world [into] a single, giant Wi-Fi network, allowing billions of people and their devices to connect automatically and securely to millions of Wi-Fi networks.”
Wi-Fi Roaming Survey
Other findings in the report:
The technology has moved into the spotlight, according to the organization. “There was a time, not so long ago, that when we discussed the potential for Wi-Fi roaming or the convergence of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, we were met with blank stares,” WBA CEO Tiago Rodrigues said in a press release. “Now, it’s the complete opposite. Across the comms industry, we’re seeing excitement building around these trends. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and this reinforces the role of Wi-Fi during the pandemic to keep everyone connected.”
It’s easily possible to guess what Rodrigues meant by 2020 being a difficult year. He also more directly addressed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns have shifted traffic from offices to homes and many cellular and broadband providers are experiencing “massive, sustained” increases in residential traffic. He credits Wi-Fi in these areas with keeping the situation from becoming bleaker for businesses and people.
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