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WAA and Informa Tech hold a roundtable meeting in Barcelona
China Standardization 2024-03-07

The World WLAN Application Alliance (WAA), a non-profit independent organization, and Informa Tech held the roundtable meeting themed creating a secure and sustainable home Wi-Fi network on February 28 in Barcelona, Spain.

Sponsored by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Changeself Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., and TÜV Rheinland, the meeting was attended by representatives from WAA, Informa Tech, Huawei, Changeself, TÜV Rheinland, ZTE, ABI Research, Wireless Broadband Alliance, BSI, SoftAtHome, Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation, VMware, and other relevant parties. With Michael Philpott serving as the moderator, who is the Research Director for service provider consumer of Omdia, a brand of Informa Tech, they focused on three issues: performance and experience, safety, and sustainability.

Michael Philppot stressed that household broadband service constrains the development of household terminals, which calls for the improvement of hardware technologies, monitoring and analysis of network status by intelligent service platforms, and enrichment of access to third-party applications. Meanwhile, efforts should be made to tackle cyber attacks. The attendees had a heated discussion of topics including challenges and key elements of establishing a comprehensive security scheme, balance of customer experience and privacy safety to achieve the best business model of security service, and how WAA can promote the global standardization work in this field.

There are a lot of terminals at home. Considering security, which should be upgraded, all devices or the home gateway? Then how do we choose the firewall of different venders? This is where we need standardization and industrial integration, said Vinod Joseph, Field CEO of APAC at VMware. In this case, AI ought to provide personalized service, catering to different types of devices and customer demands.

After exchanges of opinions and analysis of challenges to explore solutions, the roundtable was concluded by Gan Bin, Vice President of 5G Wireless Network Product Line and Director of Standards and Industrial Development Department of Huawei. He praised the innovative and inspiring discussion, and believed that with innovation and collaboration of the whole ecosystem, WAA will realize the goal of “providing the best wireless network experience for the digital world”.

The roundtable, as WAA’s first international symposium held overseas, provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion and cooperation on the development trends of Wi-Fi industry.

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