Since 2011, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, the industry association formed to promote interoperability between operators in the Wi-Fi industry, and its members have been conducting trials with one of those innovative efforts: Next Generation Hotspot (NGH).
What is Next Generation Hotspot (NGH)? NGH works collaboratively with Passpoint™ technology to streamline network access in hotspots and eliminate the need for users to find and authenticate a network each time they connect. It accomplishes this by offloading to carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks without user intervention. In a nutshell, NGH creates a truly ubiquitous connected experience, removing the pain of logins, passwords, and other user headaches so that you can enjoy a seamless, automatic Wi-Fi connection.
Network discovery, identification, connection, authentication and security are all key for the seamless integration of Wi-Fi and cellular networks. NGH provides clear security benefits, providing an automatic, encrypted connection. With several IEEE 802.11 security features, NGH also transforms the security position of devices connected to hotspots with guaranteed mutual authentication and over-the-air encryption, as well as peer-to-peer traffic.