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Tiago Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) shares a preview of the upcoming discussion in the MEF webinar on Thursday, 3 September, exploring the 20 year growth story of Wi-Fi, and the future roles of WiFi6 and 5G in connectivity for business.

2019 marked the 20th anniversary for Wi-Fi, and it’s safe to say that nobody in the industry could have predicted just how important it would be to the world at large just one short year later.

With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changing the way that people live, work, study and communicate, the importance of Wi-Fi can no longer be understated – in essence, it has become a vital part of our everyday lives. As millions around the world were forced to work and remain at home for several months, it has been Wi-Fi that has enabled us to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues.

I’m pleased to participate in this joint webinar – organized by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF)  – that will demonstrate how Wi-Fi technology is more relevant in today’s business world than ever before.

  I’m pleased to participate in this joint webinar – organized by MEF that will demonstrate how Wi-Fi technology is more relevant in today’s business world than ever before.

The release of the Wi-Fi 6 standard has enabled previously-difficult deployments and use cases – for example, the 2019 Wi-Fi 6 Industry 4.0 trials at the Mettis Aerospace facility in collaboration with WBA member companies including Broadcom, Cisco, iBwave and Intel.

This and other trials prove that Wi-Fi 6 can provide high bandwidth and low-latency communications in even the most challenging industrial environments.

At the WBA, we believe that we’ve only begun to scratch the surfaces of the technology’s capabilities – capabilities that will become clearer sooner rather than later, thanks in no small part to the FCC’s opening of the 6 GHz spectrum band for use by Wi-Fi 6 technology.

This will play a major role in future Wi-Fi deployments, and we expect businesses and customers to reap the benefits that it brings to the table.

Additionally, it will be important for businesses, venues, and other sites of large-scale Wi-Fi 6 deployments to effectively be able to provide the high-quality performance and service that customers have come to expect. To that end, we believe WBA OpenRoaming™ – a roaming federation service that enables an automatic and secure Wi-Fi experience – is an ideal choice for businesses both large and small.

I look forward to expanding further on these points during the upcoming webinar on Thursday, 3 September. If you have any questions about any of WBA’s initiatives, programs or projects, please feel free to reach out to us directly via email.

Tiago Rodrigues is the CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Tiago is responsible for leading the overall strategy, together with the WBA Board, and the operational planning for the WBA. As well as overseeing the day to day management, Tiago takes a leadership role in understanding industry challenges and working with membership to agree the key focus areas and programs that need to be developed to ensure the wireless industry optimises market opportunities for Wi-Fi and works to resolve any business issues that impede the success of the industry overall.

Tiago Rodrigues

Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)


MEF Webinar | The new mobility: WiFi6 and 5G

3 September @ 16:00 – 17:00

Join Tiago and the CEO of OpenSky Stein Hansen in conversation with MEF’s DArio Betti, as they explore how 5G and WiFi6 will  work with each other, and what new roaming business opportunities are emerging.

The Wireless Broadband Alliance will tell the 20 year growth story of Wi-Fi making it even more relevant in today’s businesses than ever; the importance and economic value Wi-Fi contributes globally and the growing business imperatives on how Wi-Fi-Cellular convergence is transforming our lives and businesses.

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