Research and Markets Adds Report: Signals Ahead: Cellular and Wi-Fi Network Integration
Apr 16, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Research and Markets (researchandmarkets.com/research/b4b7ad7b/signals_ahead_cel) has announced the addition of the "Signals Ahead: Cellular and Wi-Fi Network Integration" report to its offerings.
In a release, Research and Markets noted that report highlights include:
During the last couple of years, mobile operators have outright embraced Wi-Fi, considering it a key access technology under their umbrella of access networks. The challenge remains solving many of the network-related issues which currently diminish the potential effectiveness of Wi-Fi and which degrade the user experience.
Work in the various standards bodies has helped in this regard, and some of their efforts will soon materialize in commercial networks. HotSpot 2.0, for example, supports more advanced authentication schemes and it enables the automatic discovery of Wi-Fi Networks. However, HotSpot 2.0 is better suited for pure-play Wi-Fi operators than it is for cellular operators who want to offer an integrated Wi- Fi offering.
Starting with Release 6, the 3GPP supported the concept of I-WLAN, which introduced new network elements specifically designed to provide closer integration of the two networks. Although the commercialization of I-WLAN hasn't really taken off - in part due to some important limitations, it did set the stage for the tighter integration of Wi-Fi in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network that comes with LTE.
This effort also set the stage for additional work in Release 10 and subsequent releases to allow operators to make better use of Wi-Fi and to provide an even more compelling [and entirely seamless] user experience when roaming between 3GPP and Wi-Fi networks. Important features as well as a more advanced policy control architecture with ANDSF will allow operators to leverage the most appropriate network(s) for a given set of policies.
The report titled "Cellular and Wi-Fi Network Integration" is part of Signals Ahead Subscription or can be purchased separately. Signals Ahead is a research-focused product that is published on a periodic basis. Its clientele include all facets of the wireless ecosystem.
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