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Canadian wireless carriers sign Wi-Fi roaming agreement

Canada's national wireless carriers today signed an inter-carrier agreement that establishes common standards for r...


March 1, 2004  


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Canada’s national wireless carriers today signed an inter-carrier agreement that establishes common standards for roaming and interoperability of the public Wi-Fi hotspots they operate.

In addition, the carriers — Bell Mobility, Microcell Solutions, Rogers AT&T Wireless and Telus Mobility plan to create a common brand identifier for Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.

Under terms of the agreement, all public commercial hotspots operated by the carriers, and any other Canadian operator or hotspot owner who meets the minimum requirements and chooses to join the roaming alliance, can use the common hotspot identifier.

When customers access Wi-Fi service in any location with the hotspot identifier, they can expect to be presented with an identical, browser-based login area, ensuring a simple, consistent and secure experience in all locations.

“Increasing the number of locations and providing consistency of service will eliminate two of the biggest barriers to Wi-Fi gaining mainstream popularity,” said Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

“Today’s announcement not only eliminates these barriers, but with the common brand identifier, connection methods and technology standards, it creates a solid foundation for widespread Wi-Fi market adoption in Canada.”

In an effort to spur the availability of public commercial hotspots, the four carriers have committed to build more than 500 hotspot locations over the next year.

Roaming between the four wireless carriers’ hotspots is expected to be available this fall.