HotSpot 2.0, which was recently re-named Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint by the Wi-Fi Alliance, has the potential to make a big impact on the mobile connectivity landscape. The new approach to public Wi-Fi access is aimed at greatly improving the Wi-Fi user experience. Part of the movement is a certification process for existing hotspots and technology. The approach was also designed to remove the cumbersome barriers commonly associated with Wi-Fi connections and limitations by completely automating network discovery, authentication, and roaming. A potential boon to operators and subscribers, HotSpot 2.0 promises to alleviate mobile operator infrastructure costs by offloading data, voice, and video traffic, and giving subscribers a more robust mobile experience in terms of seamless connectivity, better battery efficiency, and decreased data costs.

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In today’s data-centric world, LTE is typically associated with evolving high-speed data services; however, its voice applications are rapidly gaining traction. As global LTE network deployments rapidly accelerate, many operators are now turning their attention to the benefits that voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) can deliver.

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We recently hosted a webinar titled “Defining Carrier SDN”.  In this webinar, we discussed how network operators can implement Software Defined Networks (SDN) and benefit from it. We looked at the types of solutions that operators need to build carrier-grade software defined networks at both silicon and software level. We also looked at the different types of applications that can be layered onto the SDN stack, the challenges of building and deploying SDN applications, and the benefits of this approach.

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Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is set to revolutionize the networking industry. The concept of SDN involves separation of control plane from the data plane and putting all the intelligence in one single centralized controller. The centralized controller increases the overall agility of a network, thereby making network more flexible and elastic.

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SDN began in the data center but is now moving into carrier/network operator networks. This webinar is about how SDN can benefit and be implemented by network operators. We will look at the types of solutions that operators need to build carrier-grade software defined networks at both a silicon and software level. LSI will discuss the implications of carrier SDN on silicon design for access and core networks and how there is no one-size-fits-all hardware strategy for SDN. Aricent will move up the SDN stack and look at the different types of applications that can be layered onto the SDN stack, the challenges of building and deploying SDN applications and the benefits of this approach. In this webinar, we will examine:

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled “Wild About WiFi”. In this webinar, we talked about why service providers are so bullish on Wi-Fi. We discussed about carrier-grade Wi-Fi and its drivers. Subsequently, we talked about mobile data offload scenarios in trusted and untrusted WLANs. We concluded our discussion with an overview of Aricent’s framework for Wi-Fi Data Offloading. Given the huge number of questions asked on topic of Carrier Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi offloading during the webinar, we were not able to answer every one of them live, so we've addressed them below.

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