Group seeks to establish WiFi as common ground among disparate service providers

When it comes to WiFi, there appear to be fewer barriers between service providers from disparate and competing disciplines and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) wants to tear down those barriers even further. The group said AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, Devicescape, KT Corporation and Verizon have joined its ranks and will be among 50 global companies meeting at the WBA Roundtable Conference and Wi-Fi Ecosystem Summit in San Diego.

WBA's goal is to find new opportunities to drive the adoption of wireless broadband services. The conference will serve as a forum to discuss how to promote WiFi as a complementary technology to 3G and how to develop seamless access services for devices like smartphones and tablets.

The organization will also release a set of specifications called WISPr 2.0 to aid roaming between Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) using WiFi and other wireless access networks to overcome interoperability problems. A WISPr 2.0 trial designed to demonstrate how mobile, cable, WiMAX and broadband service providers can seamless connected to WiFi networks, will launch at the event.

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