Alcatel announced the availability of its Public WLAN end-to-end solution for fixed and mobile operators, from WIFI radio access designed to address public small up to large-scale hot spots. Alcatel has signed OEM agreements with Colubris Networks, the Canadian based company, for the WIFI radio access part and with the US based Adjungo Networks providing its mobile network (HLR) inter-working.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer a complete public WLAN solution expected by our fixed and mobile customers on this market. Public WLAN is a natural extension and an ideal complement to their current and planned service offering, whether it is for GSM, CDMA, GPRS, UMTS or xDSL based areas, said Marc Rouanne, COO of Alcatel’s Mobile Communications activities.
The solution features seamless standard authentication (DSL based, web-based, SIM or virtual SIM based) towards fixed or GSM/CDMA/GPRS/UMTS mobile networks. Seamless hand-off between GPRS and WLAN is part of this solution that also provides features including VPN (Virtual Private Networks) back-up as well as full roaming support.
It also comprises end-user applications such as messaging, infotainment and video, together with pre and post-paid charging mechanisms.