Aricent announces new Hotspot2.0 software framework for telecom equipment manufacturers

Telecom Lead Asia: The Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services company, announced the availability of new Hotspot2.0 software framework and services as an addition to its communications software and solutions portfolio.

The service helps telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) monetize the new mobile data business opportunities. They now can develop cutting-edge products at lower costs and decreasing time-to-market through a standards-compliant software framework.

By creating solutions to support mobile operators in their strategy to offload traffic onto Wi-Fi hotspots with the same security, authentication and roaming features as with mobile networks, TEMs are in the position to help make Wi-Fi a carrier-grade technology.

“We have launched our Hotspot2.0-compliant WLAN Switching Solution (WSS) at a time when Wi-Fi is becoming complementary to 3G and LTE as one of the cornerstone technologies in the mobile Internet revolution,” said Sridhar Raju, assistant vice president and head of the Wireline Communications Practice at Aricent.

The WSS framework supports the Hotspot2.0 capabilities for access points, including support for the Access Network Query Protocol (ASQP) and Generic Advertisement Service (GAS) Protocol.

Aricent’s Hotspot 2.0 implementation also includes Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)-Enterprise and stronger authentication based on Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) to solve security and usability issues of hotspots.

It also supports IEEE 802.11u standard and enables seamless Wi-Fi authentication and roaming for optimal end-user experience, enabling better management and monetization of hotspots.

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