The tipping point for carrier Wi-Fi in the US?

I don’t have time to write a full post here – just to point out that this week seems to be another big week for public Wi-Fi in the USA:

It’s been leaked that T-Mo USA is likely to enter into a partnership with Bright House (mostly Florida) for Wi-Fi roaming (call it offload if you like) based on Hotspot 2.0. This is – to my knowledge – would be first major MNO/MSO partnership for carrier Wi-Fi services in the USA and possibly in the West. It’s a huge step in the right direction and no surprise that T-Mo is doing it.

The other piece of good news here is that it will be based on Passpoint technology, meaning will allow for fully secure, seamless Wi-Fi access of T-Mo subscribers to Bright House Wi-Fi hotspots.

Other great news is that Boingo hit their numbers this week and continues to press on with their big plans for Carrier Wi-Fi across the world. Boingo reported 60% traffic increase and a great deal of interest from carriers in converged mobile/Wi-Fi services based on Passpoint.

There’s a lot going on right now. Watch this space. Sorry to say ‘I told you so’ – but we’re a small handful of analysts who predicted this a while ago. And I also think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. Carrier Wi-Fi is going mainstream – and I have not doubt it will carry the lion’s share of public wireless data inside of a few years.

Also: Boingo Wireless’ visionary CTO Dr Derek Peterson is joining is at Wi-Fi NOW in Amsterdam this fall – go to this link to check our conference program. Wi-Fi is coming to Europe in a big way. We’ll study the tip AND the rest of the iceberg in Amsterdam this November 🙂