Discussion about Hotspot 2.0 at the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium was heated, with much optimism about this new technology. This session was introduced by Andrew von Nagy and moderated by Andrew and Marcus Burton. It features the following panelists (L-R):
- Devin Akin, Aerohive Networks
- Peter Thornycroft, Aruba Networks
- Paul Congdon, HP Labs
- GT Hill, Ruckus Wireless
Public Wi-Fi hotspots are predicted to grow at an astounding rate, quadrupling in number from 1.3M to 5.8M between now ant 2015 according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Due in large part to the growing demand for mobile data by consumers and the lack of available capacity on cellular data networks (even after LTE upgrades), Wi-Fi offload has become a key strategy for most mobile network operators. Recognizing this need, the Wi-Fi Alliance and WBA teamed up to create the new Wi-Fi Certified Hotspot program which promises to provide a cellular-like user experience by streamlining Wi-Fi network selection and access. Hotspot operators will also be able to leverage cellular or 3rd party credential providers to facilitate network access and to provide data security. Symposium panelists will present the business drivers for the next generation of Wi-Fi hotspots, and discuss progress made by industry participants to bring Hotspot 2.0 solutions to market.