Wireless LAN providers team to offer roaming

Several wireless LAN (WLAN) service providers and hardware vendors have established an industry association to facilitate WLAN roaming.

The association, called Pass-One, plans to set minimum service standards and certify compliancy of member networks. Users subscribing to one member's WLAN service should be able to use another member's network without barriers, the founding members of Pass-One said in a statement Monday.

"Our goal is to create a seamless and global end-user WLAN experience," said Sofia Flood, spokeswoman for Wificom Oy of Helsinki, one of Pass-One's founding WLAN service providers.

Pass-One's WLAN service provider members operate so-called WLAN "hotspots" in public areas such as hotels, airports and coffee shops, and the association is open to other WLAN service providers. A meeting is planned for June 14 in Boston where the founders will hammer out the details of the association and present a first demo of WLAN roaming, according to Flood. No schedule has been set for roaming to actually be offered to end users, she said.

Besides Wificom, Pass-One founding WLAN service providers are Tele2 AB of Stockholm, Wayport Inc. of Austin, Texas, FatPort Corp. of Vancouver, and Open Point Networks of Atlanta.

Founding vendors are Symbol Technologies Inc. of Holtsville, New York, Nomadix Inc. of Westlake Village, California, Funk Software Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Service Factory AB of Stockholm and TSI Telecommunication Services Inc. of Tampa, Florida.

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