China Telecom, The world’s largest fixed line and wireline broadband operator with 141 million Access lines in service and 108 million wireline broadband subscribers respectively has joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) as a board member, 4 years after the telco joined the alliance.
China Telecom sees the move as a big step towards facilitating WiFi roaming between operators, help increase user demand for Wi Fi access in China and its markets across the world.
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO for Wireless Broadband Alliance said: “What’s more, their extensive network footprint across airports, hotels, restaurants will be of great significance to WBA member operators and WiFi industry players interested in roaming access in China.”
Why is this important?
China Telecom recently set up a unit to help manage its businesses in Africa and the Middle East. The China Telecom (Africa and Middle East unit will run the firm’s local subsidiaries and expand its business in the region and tap into the growing presence of Chinese firms on the continent. China Telecom works with SimbaNET Malawi. SimbaNET is a Wananchi Group company.
“We’re committed to providing best quality Wi Fi service for consumers and corporate customers, and our roaming partners.” said Mr.Yan Ou, Deputy Managing Director, International Business Department of China Telecom. “We’ve installed best in class communications equipment, and we continue to increase Wi Fi coverage in China and its application in industries, such as Smart Cities and Logistics.”
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience last month welcomed 22 new members in a move to drive the growth of next generation Wi-Fi networks and services, such as its WBA’s Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) initiative.
Some of the new members included Google, Liquid Telecom, Ozone, Reliance Jio Infocomm, among others bringing the total WBA membership to 108. Existing members include AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel Corporation, KT Corporation, Orange, Time Warner Cable among others. WBA operator members collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 10 million hotspots globally.
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ABOUT CHINA TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
China Telecommunications Corporation is an extra-large State-owned telecom operator in China, and was selected into the Top 500 Global Corporations for many consecutive years. China Telecom mainly provides the integrated information services including the fixed-line telephone, mobile service, Internet connection and applications services. China Telecom built the world biggest CDMA 3G network and now are launching its FD LTE and TD LTE network national wide. China Telecom is the parent company of China Telecom Global or CTG. CTG’s comprehensive portfolio of Mobile, Data, IP, Voice, Internet Data Centre and ICT solutions delivers industry-leading resilience, speed, and diversity to meet the most stringent requirements of our customers. CTG currently has subsidiaries and offices in 26 countries and regions around the world.
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About Wireless Broadband Alliance
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) was founded in 2003. Its aim is to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next generation Wi-Fi. The WBA and its industry- leading members are dedicated to delivering this quality experience through technology innovation, interoperability and robust security.
The WBA membership includes major fixed and mobile operators such as BT, AT&T, NTT Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and China Telecom; and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies and Intel. WBA member operators collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 10 million hotspots globally.