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How is 5G going to impact the lives of consumers around the world? This was one of the big questions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and our CEO, Shrikant Shenwai, talked with CNBC's Arjun Kharpal about 5G - what it is, when it's coming, and what people can expect from it.

Watch the interview here - http://cnb.cx/1nzXRKS
What is 5G and how is it going to affect your life? CNBC's Arjun Kharpal asks the CEOs of InterDigital and the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
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We're proud to announce that our latest white paper, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) for Wi-Fi Network, is now available to download for free.

Simply log into our Resource Center (sign-up is also free) to receive access to this document, as well as past and future white papers - http://bit.ly/1qDPkDA
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Cities must "work together on a global basis to develop a connectivity blueprint framework for developing smart cities." This quote by our CEO, Shrikant Shenwai, was one of the highlights of the Smart Cities Sustainability panel discussion at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Read all about this panel discussion here - http://bit.ly/1RZuPB3
A panel of experts at MWC identify four points critical to ensuring a smart city is not only successful in the short term, but also sustainable for the future.
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World Wi-Fi Day will take place on 20 June, 2016, and the WBA is proud to announce the official unveiling of the centerpiece of this initiative - the HOPE for Connectivity charter.

The HOPE for Connectivity charter directs the attention of cities, government bodies, fixed and mobile operators, technology vendors and Internet giants towards the critical influence and success of wireless connectivity in bridging the digital divide.

Get further information - and also see an initial list of supporting companies and organizations from around the world - in the official press release.
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WBA member @Fon celebrates their 10th birthday today! Congrats fro m the WBA team!
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The WBA recently announced the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day - an initiative that will accelerate affordable wireless connectivity around the world - will take place on Monday, June 20, 2016.

WBA Chairman JR Wilson recently shared some of his thoughts on this exciting and important day.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance recently launched World Wi-Fi Day, a new initiative that will accelerate affordable wireless connectivity around the world. Taking place on Monday, June 20, 2016, the idea for World Wi-Fi Day was originally conceived by WBA Board … Continue reading →
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In our latest 'Introduction to WBA Members' series, we were privileged to sit down with the CEO of GlobalReach Technology, Mark Williamson, who took the time to answer a few questions. Mark discussed GlobalReach's role in the ecosystem, and shared his thoughts on what he believes to be some of the hot topics that will be talked about over the next 12 months.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance is comprised of members who have come together to achieve a common goal: delivering an outstanding user experience thought next-generation Wi-Fi. We’re very proud to introduce you to these members, and give you a glimpse into … Continue reading →
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Last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was a terrific event for all attendees.

We invite you to read this blog that highlights some of the best moments from the event, and sheds some light on a few of the more prevalent topics that were discussed at MWC.
And yet another Mobile World Congress has come and gone. The 2016 event saw record-breaking attendance, and while a public transportation strike threatened to throw a wrench into the works, MWC was a great success – for the ecosystem itself, … Continue reading →
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The WBA is currently in beautiful Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2016. Our CEO, Shrikant Shenwai, took some time to speak with CNBC's Arjun Kharpal - check out this great pic!

Be sure to check back for more updates from MWC.
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We're now firmly into 2016, and as we look at what the rest of the year has to offer the ecosystem as a whole, and the WBA as an organization, we also want to pause and take a look back at 2015.

It was a very important year for the WBA, and in our latest blog post, we look at 2015's key initiatives, events, and explore what the future holds.

Check out the blog here - http://bit.ly/20KwAEB
With 2016 now in full swing , it provides a great opportunity for us to reflect on 2015, and what was another fantastic year for the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and its members. 2015 saw the WBA continue to grow … Continue reading →
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WBA member Cisco has released their Visual Networking Index (VNI), which contains a number of intriguing statistics on the the continued growth of Wi-Fi hotspots, VoWi-Fi, and more.

Check out our latest blog post on some of Cisco's findings here - http://bit.ly/1nPtmSf
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This great Wall Street Journal article takes a look at LinkNYC, Passpoint, and the potential security issues that exist - and how they're being approached to provide users with the safest, best connection possible.

Read it here - http://on.wsj.com/1OFQWqZ
Like New York, cities all over are getting speedy public Wi-Fi, but proceed with caution
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Champion and drive developments in this ever-converging wireless ecosystem.
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WBA is the leading organization driving the adoption of wireless broadband and championing the development of the converged wireless broadband ecosystem through seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services for delivering outstanding user experience.

Wi-Fi and unlicensed wireless has now become a serious part in the telecommunications field, and are stepping outside their traditional role of providing connectivity to consumers toward vertical market specific sectors such as Cities,  IoT service platforms, etc. Interoperability and security between different technologies is rapidly becoming a key requirement in developing new services.

Wi-Fi is aimed to take an important role in 5G development, and on-going convergence developments between licensed and unlicensed wireless will have a significant impact on the future of wireless communications.

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