The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has declared that the number of OpenRoaming hotspots has passed 1 million worldwide.
This milestone is the latest example of WBA OpenRoaming’s success in providing Wi-Fi users seamless and automatic network access, enterprise-grade security and — with Wi-Fi 6 & 6E— a carrier-grade Wi-Fi experience across multiple locations.
Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, said: “In just 18 months, WBA OpenRoaming has already surpassed 1 million hotspots worldwide. That’s a major milestone — one that highlights how quickly the marketplace has recognized the benefits for network operators, infrastructure vendors, device OEMs and end users. It also reflects demand driven by the emergence of private 5G networks requiring simple roaming between cellular and Wi-Fi.
“But this milestone is just the beginning. We expect to see even more types of locations adopt WBA OpenRoaming, including hotels, cafés, trains, planes and connected cars. In fact, in our most recent cross-industry survey, 40% of businesses said they have implemented Passpoint/OpenRoaming or plan to do so before the end of this year. Wherever you work, live and play, OpenRoaming will be there.”
Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless and co-chair of the WBA board said: “Boingo launched the world’s first airport Wi-Fi 6 network with OpenRoaming in 2021 at Brazil’s São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport. Since this landmark deployment, OpenRoaming has made tremendous progress and Boingo applauds the WBA for its commitment to advancing converged Wi-Fi solutions that transform the simplicity of getting online.”
WBA also announced the launch of Release 3 of OpenRoaming, which will make the business and commercial aspects of roaming easier than ever before and importantly, cut back on hundreds of hours of legal and administrative time when establishing roaming settlement agreements.
The 1 million OpenRoaming hotspots span a wide variety of venues, including airports, universities, stadiums/arenas, office buildings and municipalities.
Examples include San Jose State University, Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Canary Wharf, London Stadium, Live Nation BottleRock Festival, Brazil’s São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport and various European municipalities and tourists destinations enabled by Boingo, Cisco, CommScope, Extreme Networks and other members of the federation.
OpenRoaming enables venues to get their patrons connected seamlessly and quickly. It removes hurdles to get users onboarded and increases opportunities for engagement.
Release 3 includes a significant improvement on the legal and commercial framework providing the ability to implement a new templated approach, making commercial arrangements between federation members simpler and easy to scale. Dynamic settlement capabilities make it possible for rate variations to be varied at peak times.