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WBA Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) Initiative

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As all of us consume mobile data, the interest in use of public Wi-Fi to help has taken on greater urgency. WBA's Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) initiative is giving us and many other major operators and vendors, a chance to test innovative new login procedures and simpler connectivity that will help simplify login and support roaming agreements as well as establish relationships with each other so you can have a much wider variety of hotspots available. The trials we are participating in allow us to test a variety of authentication methods for the growing number of smartphones, as well as SIM-based, for tablets, laptops and legacy phones which cannot support SIM authentication.  An end result will be that as many of our customers as possible will have automatic access to hotspots without entering usernames and passwords. With the latest prediction of a rise from 1.3 million hotspots in 2011 to 5.8 million by 2015, not including "community hotspots” which add another 4.5 million worldwide, the WBA trials and our future deployments of NGH are an exciting opportunity for us.

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