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Lindsay Next-Gen Wireless – TIP OpenWiFi and WBA OpenRoaming

September 29, 2021

Lindsay Broadband is excited to participate in a panel discussion on the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 Innovation Theater stage on October 14th. The subject is “Lindsay Next-Gen Wireless – TIP OpenWiFi and WBA OpenRoaming – Making seamless roaming work from strand to indoor (5G to Wi-Fi).”

Moderating the session will be Chris Busch, OpenWiFi Architecture Lead at Facebook, and Co-Chair Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Open Converged Wireless Software Group. Participating on the panel will be Jonathan Haight, SVP of Worldwide Business Development for Lindsay Broadband, and Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Association (WBA) and an industry leader for OpenRoaming.

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations working together to accelerate the development and deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions that deliver the high quality connectivity that the world needs – now and in the decades to come. TIP OpenWiFi is the first project developed and contributed by the TIP Open Converged Wireless Software Group. OpenWiFi is a community-developed, disaggregated Wi-Fi software system offered as free open-source software. This includes both a cloud controller SDK and Enterprise-grade access point (AP) firmware, designed and validated to work seamlessly together to offer plug and play, open-source powered Wi-Fi networks.

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) have been developing a new standard called OpenRoaming to enhance the QoE and QoS for Public-Guest Wi-Fi networks, ensuring users can connect to Wi-Fi easily, securely and with privacy in a sustainable way. It is a roaming federation service that frees users from the need to constantly re-register or re-enter log-in credentials, allowing seamless and instant network access, enterprise-grade security and a carrier-grade Wi-Fi experience across multiple locations. The open connectivity framework was developed as a global solution based on a common set of standards to bridge the gap between cellular and Wi-Fi, offering users frictionless connectivity as users roam between guest Wi-Fi networks and public Wi-Fi hotspots.

HFC infrastructure is pervasive, lining city streets and reaching rural areas around the world. Lindsay Broadband offers the first strand-mounted Wi-Fi platform capable of incorporating both OpenWiFi and OpenRoaming. Using existing HFC assets, this provides MSOs a quick path to greater offload revenue, both with mobile and non-mobile federated access. Next-gen, strand-based Wi-Fi compliments the subscriber experience from outdoor to indoor solutions.

Lindsay Broadband has been a valuable contributing partner to the TIP OpenWiFi project. By using Lindsay’s DOCSIS, strand-mounted, hardened access points for Wi-Fi (SMHAP series), the cable strand is now OpenWiFi capable and the HFC plant is now OpenRoaming ready. Operators can participate not only in hotspot services, but are now also able to support mobile operator seamless roaming and data offloading.

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