Alcatel-Lucent, and the Dutch cable operator Ziggo are conducting a trial of an innovative technique to turn private homes into public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to provide wireless broadband access to Ziggo's customers.
Householders in the city of Groningen, in the northeast of the Netherlands, are participating in the largest European community trial of cable-based Wi-Fi hotspots. The trial is using Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio Wi-Fi technology to give multiple Ziggo subscribers simultaneous access to high-quality wireless Internet –- without impairing either the existing home broadband service quality or impacting the security of existing home WiFi networks.
Following the successful first phase of the trial in four districts of the city of Groningen, the service is being opened up to 18,000 homes in November, making it the largest and most dense hotspot network in the Netherlands. For Ziggo's customers, a secure wireless broadband connection is vital to allow them to access Internet services on the move, whenever they want them and using the device most suited to them.
Leveraging the groundbreaking lightRadio Wi-Fi technology, Alcatel-Lucent is enabling Ziggo to give their customers access to a wide variety of Wi-Fi hotspots without the need to remember complicated authentication passwords. These hotspots, located in people's residences, provide multiple subscribers with access to secure high-bandwidth video and other Internet services at any one time using a single simple login. Ziggo's customers taking part in the trial must give permission for their home modem router to be used as a hotspot, before they can access other subscribers' hotspots
Heleen Elferink, Director Network & Systems Development of Ziggo said: "We are confident that the community Wi-Fi service we have built with Alcatel-Lucent is the first great step toward extending our services to customers outside their homes in a simple, reliable and secure way. The trial has already demonstrated that even with multiple subscribers accessing the Wi-Fi connection at the same time, speeds and quality are not compromised."
Paul Wijngaard, Account Director at Alcatel-Lucent said: "Alcatel-Lucent has deep-rooted expertise in delivering novel communications solutions to meet the needs of operators across the globe. By working closely with Ziggo we have been able to develop our lightRadio Wi-Fi technology further to offer a complete Wi-Fi access solution available today. This trial is a great way to show people the benefits of sharing secure Wi-Fi hotspots, and we hope to have set the standard for community Wi-Fi projects."
Alcatel-Lucent's solution for Ziggo
As part of the trial, Alcatel-Lucent is providing Wireless LAN gateway functionality within its 7750 Service Routers as well as authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) server authentication functionality without need tochange the cable networkto allow the simple single login procedure.
The technical specifications of the trial comply fully with the requirements for an end-to-end Wi-Fi gateway solution, supporting new services in a cable operator's network, as described in the Cable Europe Labs' Technical Report "Cable Wi-Fi Services (CEL-TR-WIFI -V1.0)". This provides support for community-based Wi-FI as well as other Wi-Fi services.
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