The growth, and success, of Wi-Fi technology is clear. The data transmission standard, which relies on unlicensed wireless spectrum, has become a global phenomenon, connecting laptops, tablets and smartphones to nearby internet access points in locations around the globe. However, it’s also becoming clear that Wi-Fi technology is rapidly outgrowing its initial applications.

Today, Wi-Fi proponents hope to use variants of the 802.11 standard for everything from the internet of things services to high-speed video offerings. At the same time, players ranging from cellular operators and to cable companies to city governments are looking at ways to leverage Wi-Fi for more reliable services and greater revenues. But obstacles remain, not the least of which is the growing amount of interference in the unlicensed spectrum bands where Wi-Fi services operate.

So how might players in this space continue to grow the market for Wi-Fi services? How might Wi-Fi technology be leveraged into new markets? Can QoS help differentiate service offerings? And how will Wi-Fi technology itself evolve to meet the new needs of increasingly interconnected and data-hungry users?

Featured Speakers:


Daryl Schoolar
Principal Analyst, Wireless Infrastructure
Ovum

Daryl covers the wireless infrastructure space at Ovum, with a primary focus on market activities as they apply to the radio access network (RAN). RAN coverage includes macro-, micro-, and picocell solutions for CDMA EVDO, HSPA/HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), LTE-Advanced and 5G. Daryl’s research includes not only what infrastructure vendors are developing, but also how mobile operators are deploying and using these wireless network solutions.

Kevin Robinson
VP of Marketing
Wi-Fi Alliance

Kevin Robinson is Vice President of Marketing for Wi-Fi Alliance, where he oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing, and public relations for the organization. In addition, Kevin is responsible for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy. Kevin speaks worldwide about Wi-Fi's impact on applications, devices, and users. 

Derek Peterson
Chief Technology Officer
Boingo Wireless

Derek is responsible for building and operating Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications. In 2017, he was named CTO of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal.

Jay Bestermann
Senior Director of Service Provider Wi-Fi
ARRIS

Jay Bestermann, Sr. Director, Service Provider Wi-Fi at ARRIS. He’s helping to build and deploy carrier grade Wi-Fi networks that improve the mobile experience for subscribers and unlock valuable new Wi-Fi monetization opportunities across a range of vertical markets. Jay has been taking products from concept to reality for over 15 years, combining the technical and business expertise to apply innovative solutions to even the most complex service provider challenges.

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