Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi Wins 2022 Mobile Breakthrough Award

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“TIP OpenWiFi is a collaborative approach to build a disaggregated Wi-Fi software system, that will help the industry to accelerate the delivery of more innovative and efficient solutions for Carrier and Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi"

Mobile Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global wireless and mobile market, today announced that The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a global community of companies and organizations driving wireless infrastructure solutions, has been selected as winner of the “Commercial Broadband Internet Solution of the Year” award in the 6th annual Mobile Breakthrough Awards program, recognizing the breakthrough innovation of the TIP OpenWiFi solution.

TIP OpenWiFi is a community developed disaggregated Wi-Fi software system, offered as a free open source solution that includes both a cloud controller SDK and Access Point (AP) firmware, capable of running on a rich variety of Indoor and outdoor AP hardware and software, designed and validated by TIP to work seamlessly together. TIP OpenWiFi Participant companies include Meta, Boingo, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, and Qualcomm, among others.

By disaggregating software from hardware, The TIP OpenWiFi solution helps lower barriers to entry for innovative startups, bringing more suppliers and companies into the Wi-Fi marketplace and allows them to develop Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solutions. Additionally, it opens up Wi-Fi architecture enabling future-forward, inventive machine learning and AI applications built easily and quickly on top of the platform.

Boingo Wireless launched the first Wi-Fi 6E network utilizing TIP’s OpenWiFi solution to increase network capacity and efficiency that require higher throughput for activities such as video streaming, video conferences, gaming and the metaverse. One year after TIP OpenWi-Fi’s official launch, there are now more than 300 companies involved with the initiative from OEMs, ODMs and Silicon Providers to Carriers and Service Providers to App Developers.

The solution also opens the field to WBA’s OpenRoaming with support built into the open-source ‘out of the box.’ Lastly, the solution offers more choice and better economics for Enterprises and Service Providers by opening up the Wi-Fi supply chain ensuring supplier diversity.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Mobile Breakthrough. TIP Open Wi-Fi’s mission is simple - to open the industry to Wi-Fi innovation for all. OpenWiFi is open source, open for business, and open to opportunity for everyone in the industry,” said Chetan Hebbalae, co-chair, Wi-Fi Solution Group of TIP. “With TIP OpenWiFi, more avenues are available for broadband expansion and connecting the unconnected with multi-vendor interoperable Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E solutions.”

“Congratulations to Telecom Infra Project and TIP OpenWiFi on your 2022 Mobile Breakthrough Award,” said Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), “The TIP OpenWiFi solution showcases the adoption of the WBA OpenRoaming™ standard, which enables users to securely roam from location to location without the need for logins, registrations or passwords. WBA will continue to collaborate with TIP and demonstrate how public and guest Wi-Fi based on OpenRoaming can benefit from the full capabilities of TIP OpenWi-Fi, which will enable new companies, especially startups, to provide innovative solutions, to enter the market, and provide differentiated solutions that will further stimulates technical innovation, which in itself is a highly innovative business strategy.”

The mission of the annual Mobile Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of mobile and wireless technology categories, including Cloud Computing, Mobile Management, Wireless and Broadband, Mobile Analytics, IoT and Smart City and many more. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry.

“Wi-Fi has undergone an evolution over six generations of IEEE standards and the five generations of WLAN architectures. Yet the enterprise Wi-Fi-oriented market is constrained by closed architectures between Wi-Fi controllers and access points, and often between Wi-Fi controllers and the network applications that run on them,” stated James Johnson, managing director, Mobile Breakthrough. “TIP OpenWiFi is a collaborative approach to build a disaggregated Wi-Fi software system, that will help the industry to accelerate the delivery of more innovative and efficient solutions for Carrier and Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi. Congratulations to everyone involved and being our choice for ‘Commercial Broadband Internet Solution of the Year.’”

TIP OpenWiFi enables multi-vendor, interoperable Wi-Fi networks and, for the first time, also enables companies to seamlessly mix and match access points and controllers from any TIP OpenWiFi compliant manufacturer.

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