Broadband Roaming Vendor Wants Global WLAN Standards

A vendor of broadband roaming services said Monday that it will use its membership in the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) to work toward standards
that will enable true global roaming for broadband users.

iPass Inc., which provides global roaming capabilities for Internet users, said it will promote use of full standardized 802.11 WLANs and support mechanisms for those
WLANs, around the world. In a statement, the company said it wanted “to make wireless broadband roaming a viable public service and assure that users have a
seamless worldwide roaming experience.”

While the company’s focus has long been to provide Net access worldwide, it says Wi-Fi should be available worldwide “in offices, hotels, airports, convention centers,
conference facilities, coffee shops and other public locations.”

As such, it said it would work within WECA to establish standardized cross-network billing and settlement mechanisms.

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