Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint Program Aims To Help Cell To Hotspot Roaming
The specification behind Passpoint was defined by service provider and equipment maker members of the Wi-Fi Alliance to address critical business needs for mobile data, streamlined access and subscriber loyalty. As mobile users continue to increase their use of data-intensive applications, Passpoint eases service provider data traffic offload to Wi-Fi networks. Naturally, less strain on cellular data networks and more strain on Wi-Fi networks is generally seen as a good thing.
In addition to making it easy for end users to connect, hotspots equipped with Passpoint-certified equipment automatically enable enterprise-grade WPA2 security; this program is based on technology defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification. There's no real guidance on when this should hit shipping devices, but we're pretty sure we'll be hearing more about it -- perhaps even from U.S. carriers -- in the near future.