New guidelines define standardised approach for operators and vendors deploying Wi-Fi

London, March 21 2018—The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has today launched its Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines and Compliance Checklist that define the best practices for wireless network operators and infrastructure vendors to deploy Wi-Fi networks. The full ‘Guidelines’, available to WBA members will act as a user manual for existing and future Wi-Fi deployments. Available to the general public, the Checklist has been developed to ensure a high-level industry-wide standardised approaches for efficient Wi-Fi network deployment.

Acting as an educational tool for the industry, both the Guidelines and the Checklist cover a collection of baseline standards that encompass the lifecycle deployment phases including: Planning Guidelines, Site Survey, Radio Spectrum Analysis, Wi-Fi Network Implementation, and Configuration and Operation. This umbrella forms the basis of the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines Series that the WBA will extend to key industry verticals and applications throughout 2018. The five focus areas making up the series include: In-Flight Connectivity, Enterprise Wi-Fi, Venue/Stadium Wi-Fi, City Wi-Fi, and Hospitality Wi-Fi.

Operators and infrastructure vendors that plan to deploy or optimize Wi-Fi networks, and follow the Guidelines and Checklist will receive an endorsement from the WBA. In addition to an acknowledgement from the WBA, operators and vendors that comply will benefit from a collaborative industry effort to create a new level of efficiency, performance and reduced time-to-market.

“The WBA has launched the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines vision as part of our overarching mission to resolve the business challenges the industry faces,” said Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager of the WBA. “With the launch of the series, the WBA can support operators and other vertical industry players to accelerate important Wi-Fi deployments that seek to enhance the entire Wi-Fi ecosystem.”

The WBA invites Wireless industry stakeholders to get in contact to fast track their Wi-Fi deployment and for any advice on how to overcome the challenges associated with deployment.

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About the Wireless Broadband Alliance

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to resolve business issues and enable collaborative opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities, enabling them to enhance the customer experience on Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies. Building on our heritage of NGH and carrier Wi-Fi, the WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Generation Wi-Fi services across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem, having a focus on four major programs: Carrier Wi-Fi Services, Next Generation Wireless & 5G, IoT, and Connected Cities. Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Charter Communication; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Google and Intel. WBA member operators collectively serve more than 2 billion subscribers and operate more than 30 million hotspots globally.

The WBA Board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco, Comcast, Intel, KT Corporation, Liberty Global, NTT DOCOMO and Orange. For a complete list of current WBA members, please click here

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