The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced its intention to take over ownership and management of OpenRoaming as a global wireless industry standard. The move, according to the WBA, is designed to facilitate the broad adoption of OpenRoaming by new and existing WiFi Networks, identity and service providers and other technology partners across the globe.
WBA will take control of the development, promotion and administration of OpenRoaming. OpenRoaming, a technology for seamless WiFi onboarding developed by Cisco, is built upon a set of standards and guidelines developed by the WBA and WiFi Alliance and now adopted as an industry wide initiative led by the WBA. OpenRoaming has seen tremendous growth in the past year and is expected to play a crucial role in delivering great mobile experiences and ushering in a new era of mobile applications.
“OpenRoaming now becomes an open standard,” WBA CEO Tiago Rodrigues said, “creating a world where WiFi users will be able to move seamlessly from one WiFi network to another without re-registering or signing in. As a global wireless industry standard, WBA OpenRoaming will improve WiFi services and availability, making life easier for users, and more efficient for the global mobile and WiFi ecosystem. OpenRoaming is now open for business,” Rodrigues said, “and I call on anyone with a WiFi network, private or public, coffee shop or sports stadia or any other type of venue, to join our open ecosystem in order for the service they offer to their users to be automatic, secure, and interoperable, making their networks available to a wider audience.”
OpenRoaming adheres to WiFi CERTIFIED Passpoint® and Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange (WRIX) standards. It helps bridge the gap between WiFi and cellular networks and allows users to seamlessly and securely roam between WiFi networks without the use of splash pages or sign-in screens.