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Wi-Fi Alliance, CTIA partner to define certification tests for converged Wi-Fi/mobile phones

The Wi-Fi Alliance and CTIA -- The Wireless Association have announced a partnership agreement to develop and promo...


April 7, 2006  


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The Wi-Fi Alliance and CTIA — The Wireless Association have announced a partnership agreement to develop and promote certification programs for converged Wi-Fi/mobile handsets.

The groups will cooperate on development of test programs for overlapping aspects of converged Wi-Fi/mobile phones.

The initial focus of this cooperation will be on Radio Frequency (RF) performance mapping in a mixed network environment. Future work will explore other technology challenges of convergence, such as handover between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, cross-radio signal sensitivity and battery life.

ABI Research expects the market for Wi-Fi/mobile handsets to reach 100 million units annually by 2009.

“As more converged phones become available, and carriers announce plans to support convergence, cross-industry collaboration becomes critical to address pressing technological challenges,” said Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik.