Wi-Fi

  • Free Mobile has announced that it will be opening up four million Free WiFi access points to mobile users.

    Freebox subscribers on the €15.99 per month tariff, as well as Free mobile subscribers on the €20 per month tariff, will now be able to access all other Freeboxes using their Free mobile phones. The operator is calling the service FreeWiFi Secure.

    The carrier will enable phones that can support EAP-SIM authentication to connect automatically to WiFi access points sold to Free's fixed broadband customers. WiFi data consumption will not count against users' mobile data limits.

  • Finnish operator DNA today announced the availability of Sierra Wireless' AirCard® 762S mobile hotspot. The LTE-connected WLAN access point, named the DNA 4G WLAN Mokkula, provides an LTE backhaul connection for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices. This is the first European launch for the AirCard 76xS product family, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in late February.

  • SFR, the French operator that announced the departure of its CEO earlier this week, is deploying its Twitter stream to make a series of update announcements on its network — covering LTE, HSPA, WiFi and Femtocells.

  • The GSMA and Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced yesterday that they will be working together to enable easier and more integrated WiFi-cellular roaming, with the results of their efforts visible in commerical terms in 2013.

    The programme will take advantage of existing work to enable SIM-based authentication onto WiFi networks, as carried out by the WBA and the WiFi Alliance in their aligned Next Generation Hotspot and Hotspot 2.0  programmes. Although device-level authentication is one aspect of the process that enables devices to roam between WiFi and cellular networks there are other technical and commercial issues to sort out, and this is really what the GSMA-WBA announcement is about.