Global Wi-Fi Roaming Gets One Step Closer

February 21st, 2013

Three of the world’s major wireless service providers have now overcome the first challenge to standardizing the procedures and requirements surrounding global Wi-Fi roaming. Initial network assessment s have now been completed by several companies including NTT DoCoMo, Orange, China Mobile and AT&T as requested by the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s Interoperability Compliance Program.

For a long time, friction has existed around the issue of the seamless interoperability of wi-fi between countries. No clear guidelines regarding the creation of roadmaps for operators exists, and neither does a directory of the capabilities of Wi-Fi carriers. But this will soon change with the recent self-assessments by various operators with the goal of getting an overall picture of their capabilities. The compliance guidelines set forth by the Wireless Broadband Alliance will cover access to a wide range of support levels for operators.