AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless will launch AT&T Wi-Fi Hub that will enable wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.
The agreement was announced at the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco today.
AT&T Wi-Fi Hub will be launched later this year. End users need download an app from their Wi-Fi provider to access Wi-Fi roaming.
The AT&T Wi-Fi Hub addresses issues related to delivering of Wi-Fi roaming services, such as the time-intensive process of identifying Wi-Fi providers, negotiation of terms and implementation of Wi-Fi services.
“Our collaboration with Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless means that we’ll be able to launch our hub quickly and deliver a wholesale Wi-Fi solution that is seamless and secure,” said JR Wilson, vice president, Partnerships & Alliances, AT&T Mobility.
Accuris Networks’ AccuROAM platform will be used to develop the AT&T Wi-Fi Hub. AccuROAM platform uses SIM-based account credentials to enable smartphone and tablet users to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots when roaming internationally.
The solution provides a secure authentication framework without the need to enter cumbersome usernames and passwords. It fully supports Hotspot 2.0 and WBA’s Wireless Roaming Intermediary eXchange (WRIX) specifications. AccuROAM enables any Wi-Fi to work as a full extension of GSM or CDMA networks for billing, policy and authentication.
AT&T’s Wi-Fi Hub will utilize the advanced reporting and settlement infrastructure capabilities of BSG Wireless, specifically interconnection for the operators, data clearing and financial settlement services.