Wi-Fi on the Go from broadband platform provider Calix aims to give broadband service providers the ability to allow their subscribers to roam on Wi-Fi networks throughout their communities.
Subscribers will use a mobile app to access the Wi-Fi on the Go service, which will provide single sign-on to secure access to Wi-Fi access points throughout entire neighborhoods. The platform uses the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Passpoint protocol.
Calix says subscribers will benefit by enabling Wi-Fi to act like mobile services, including providing voice communications and data offload, without bandwidth limitations. First responders will have access to critical communications across high-speed and secure WPA3-based networks. Public institutions will be able to use the networks to support E-Rate services to schools and libraries. All users will have access to a single sign-on and the ability to securely roam across access points.
The new offering is built on Calix’s Intelligent EDGE and Revenue EDGE platforms. Calix announced the platform at its ConneXions conference this week in Las Vegas.
With the new offering, “broadband service providers can be sure their subscribers only need to sign in once to access the same ultimate Wi-Fi experience they enjoy at home. It represents an exciting first step that could open up longer-term opportunities for an alliance of Calix customers to extend the ultimate subscriber experiences among communities,” Calix executive vice president Shane Eleniak said in a press release.
The new offering, he said, provides seamless network access and roaming between GigaSpire BLAST hotspots.
Wi-Fi is the world’s leading consumer networking technology. In February, The Wi-Fi Alliance said that its value will reach $3.3 trillion worldwide by 2025. The economic value of the technology in the U.S. is projected to rise to $1.58 trillion, the highest national figure in the world.