Extreme Networks and Wireless Broadband Alliance offer OpenRoaming connectivity



The campus of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) will benefit from a secure and transparent transfer between Wi-Fi and cellular networks

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SAN JOSE, California, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a cloud-based networking company, today announced that it has successfully implemented support for the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) OpenRoamingâ„¢ at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) in Portugal. OpenRoaming allows students, faculty and other IPV campus users to connect to a high-speed, secure, carrier-grade Wi-Fi 6 network anywhere, indoors or outdoors, without experience disruption to their wireless network connection. IPV is the first organization in Portugal to participate in WBA OpenRoaming.

The Extreme Networks, Wireless Broadband Alliance and IPV teams connect to the OpenRoaming network on the IPV campus.

In addition to OpenRoaming, Extreme has dominated the Wi-Fi operator offload market for 4G and 5G networks. In February 2020, the company partnered with Verizon to create “smart stadium” technology at Super Bowl LIV In Miami. Verizon’s wireless network was linked to ExtremeWireless â„¢ Wi-Fi access points and ExtremeAnalyticsâ„¢, providing seamless connectivity and authentication for fans in and around the stadium. Extreme currently offers RADSec and operator offloading with all major wireless carriers in the United States

WBA OpenRoaming enables seamless handoff from any number of cellular networks to Wi-Fi, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity to users, just like smartphones instantly connect to various telecommunications networks. Extreme worked with Aptilo Networks to bring OpenRoaming to the IPV campus alongside a Wi-Fi 6 network deployment. Now students, staff and visitors can connect to the IPV campus network without requiring manual authentication. This translates to better user experiences and reduced workload for IPV’s IT team, which previously had to manually allow every user on the network outside of Viseu to access Wi-Fi on campus.

Key Benefits:

  • Simplified connectivity for users and reduced IT requirements: Previously, European regulations required IPV’s IT team to manually add and remove network users, including staff members and students, making it difficult to access Wi-Fi on campus. With OpenRoaming, students and staff at IPV campuses can easily connect to the wireless network without losing account settings or history, and the IT team can focus on improving the use of technology on the IPV campus.

  • Improving student outcomes and opportunities: OpenRoaming simplifies IPV’s ability to expand programming and bring new events to campus, without the IT team having to set up secure network access every time. They can provide different levels of service for different users and events depending on specific needs. IPV’s student base can now access resources through the same user account on all of their devices on the IPV campus without paying for a broadband connection or creating a new account.

  • Increased wireless network security: IPV and similar organizations can benefit from the freedom of OpenRoaming without exposing themselves to potential security risks or failing to comply with local regulations. OpenRoaming leverages existing security protocols such as Passpoint, RADSec, and 802.1x and 802.11i standards to ensure network security without compromising user privacy. It pairs Wi-Fi network providers with identity providers, such as mobile operators and ISPs, which register authenticated users and allow them to automatically connect to any participating wireless network.

Executive Perspectives:

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance
“OpenRoaming is essential for providing seamless and secure access to Wi-Fi, which is a necessity for modern higher education institutions like IPV looking to provide students with the best possible resources for learning. WBA members like Extreme are helping to deliver faster connectivity around the world and we are proud to support them as our world becomes increasingly dependent on wireless networks. “

Luís Almeida, Senior Network Administrator, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu
“IPV is incredibly happy to be a part of WBA OpenRoaming. This implementation will improve the user experience for everyone who accesses Wi-Fi on our campus – students, teachers, employees, visitors and attendees of the various national and international conferences we host – not to mention the reduction in stress for our IT team. in network management. Our experience with Extreme throughout this project has been wonderful, and we hope to be an example of what OpenRoaming can achieve for other institutions and communities across. Europe as the project grows. “

Nabil Bukhari, Product Manager and Chief Technology Officer, Extreme Networks
“Open roaming between 5G and Wi-Fi networks is essential to enable next-generation consumer experiences and the infinite enterprise. Seamless and secure connectivity inside and outside buildings makes things like smart cities and working and learning from anywhere possible. Extreme is proud to be part of the WBA consortium of industry leaders working to make connectivity more transparent and accessible, and we are confident this will have a positive impact for everyone on the IPV campus.

Additional resources

About the Wireless Broadband Alliance
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is the global organization that connects people to the latest Wi-Fi initiatives. Founded in 2003, the vision of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to generate seamless and interoperable service experiences over Wi-Fi. within the global wireless ecosystem. WBA’s mission is to enable collaboration between service providers, technology companies, cities, regulators and organizations to achieve this vision. WBA members are made up of leading operators, identity providers and leading technology companies across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with a shared vision.
WBA undertakes programs and activities to resolve business and technical issues, as well as opportunities, for member companies. Areas of work for the WBA include standards development, industry guidelines, testing, certification, and advocacy. Its key programs include NextGen Wi-Fi, OpenRoaming, 5G, IoT, Testing and Interoperability, and Policy and Regulatory Affairs, with member-led working groups dedicated to resolving standards. and technical issues to promote end-to-end services and accelerate business opportunities.
The WBA Council includes Airties, AT&T, Boingo Wireless, Broadcom, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom AG, Google, Intel, Reliance Jio, SK Telecom and Viasat. For the full list of current WBA members, Click here.

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About extreme networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) creates effortless networking experiences that keep us all moving forward. We are pushing the boundaries of technology by leveraging the powers of machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics and automation. Over 50,000 customers worldwide trust our cloud-based end-to-end networking solutions and rely on our industry-leading services and support to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and move forward like never before . For more information, visit the Extreme website at https://www.extremenetworks.com/ or follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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