Smith Micro Corporate Blog

ANDSF. What!?

2013 marked a rapid increase in interest to improve cellular to Wi-Fi interoperability – not just from mobile operators, but also from cable operators, fixed line operators and enterprises. The interest is truly global as organizations in every region are developing strategies to leverage Wi-Fi for a variety of reasons, including network congestion relief, improved in-building coverage, and ability to offer lower cost wireless service plans. However, in order to achieve truly seamless interoperability across heterogeneous networks from any provider, the industry needs to resolve challenges associated with connectivity, authentication, session persistence and traffic management. This is the objective of several emerging industry standards, including a set being developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) known as Access Network Discovery and Selection Function, or ANDSF.

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Topics: Wi-Fi, wireless, wireless standards, ANDSF

The ANDSF Advantage

Operators are making a critical shift away from voice-centric networking to Internet protocol (IP) data-centric networking just to capture new revenue and improve user experience. IP-based networking provides the foundation to enable interoperability between 3GPP networks with non-3GPP networks, such as Wi-Fi, through utilization of standard protocols. ANDSF standards aim to make network transitions seamless for end users while making network traffic manageable for service providers. 

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Topics: Wi-Fi, wireless, mobile strategy, wireless standards, ANDSF, network congestion, mobile devices

Have Control of BYOD? What Are You Doing About BYON?

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement introduced new challenges to IT administrators, many of which are now being addressed by a variety of mobile device management (MDM) solutions on the market. But the general approach to MDM has neglected an important aspect of mobility, which is managing how devices connect to the corporate network over public, uncontrolled access points. The widespread availability of Wi-Fi hotspots, including the smartphone in your pocket, has sparked a “bring your own network” (BYON) trend with its own challenges that few organizations have even considered, much less resolved.

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Topics: Wi-Fi, mobile device management, wireless, mobile strategy, hotspot

How MBIM Reduces Your Costs

Faster device launches, reduced device install times and cross-platform compatibility are a few of the benefits mobile operators and device manufacturers can experience when incorporating the mobile broadband interface model on their devices. Microsoft has adopted the standard in all of their Windows 8 devices and although we are now seeing evidence of these benefits in the market, the industry has a long way to go.

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Topics: Wi-Fi, wireless, hotspot, data offload, wireless standards

Opportunity in RCS

Free over-the-top (OTT) messaging apps with text, VoIP and even video features have made the traditional operator revenue model of paid messaging subscriptions, and even monthly voice minutes, obsolete. With continued smartphone growth and so many free alternatives available, subscriber expectations have changed and users are becoming less likely to pay for basic messaging services, eroding a multi-billion dollar revenue stream for mobile operators. These driving factors have forced operators to rethink their approach and created a push for Rich Communications Services (RCS) as a standard that will help mobile operators compete with OTT services. So far, the standard has seen limited uptake, and the value to operators is still in question.

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Topics: wireless, mobile strategy, mobile devices, OTT, RCS