Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has taken the nationwide plunge and is making HotSpot 2.0 technology available on most of the 33,000-plus access points where it has also launched TWCWiFi-Passpoint security.
The launch, the company said in a press release, is the "largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country." Hotspot 2.0's attraction is that it makes Wi-Fi like a cellular network; a consumer logs on once and has access anywhere there's a Wi-Fi connection.
The HotSpot 2.0 technology is available on "many of the most popular recent mobile devices" from Apple, Samsung and HTC, among others, the press release said. Passpoint, meanwhile, enhances the service by using enterprise-grade WPA2 security technology for laptops, tablets and smartphones.
"Our goal with the TWCWiFi-Passpoint is to assure even our most security conscious Internet customers that it's as safe for them to surf the Web on-the-go as it is for them to surf in their home," Rob Cerbone, TWC's vice president of wireless products said in the press release.
The Passpoint launch received the endorsement of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
"By deploying a Passpoint-enabled network across thousands of hotspots, Time Warner Cable has taken a leadership stance in deploying advanced Wi-Fi technology," said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa.
TWC said the new network option is available on nearly all of the company's Wi-Fi hotspots in Southern California, New York City, Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C., Kansas City, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Hawaii. Customers in those hotspots will be able to choose between TWCWiFi-Passpoint SSID or the TWC Wi-Fi SSID. Those choosing Passpoint will be connected to a "new preferred secure network whenever in broadcast range," the MSO said, adding that all new hotspots will offer the Passpoint network option.
Comcast, which is in the process of trying to acquire Time Warner Cable for $454.2 billion, recently confirmed that Hotspot 2.0 technology is on its roadmap and its devices would be capable of using the technology. A company representative, however, declined to give FierceWirelessTech any other details, including a timeline for when Comcast's Xfinity Wi-Fi network would be able to support Hotspot 2.0 connections.
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