GlobalReach Shortlisted for Wireless Broadband Alliance Industry Award

November 16, 2016, Wireless Global Congress, San Jose: We’re excited for tonight’s Wireless Broadband Alliance Awards 2016 in San Jose.

We’re a finalist in the Best Consumer-Centric Wireless Service Innovation category for our work in creating a seamless global user experience over Wi-Fi, whilst minimizing latency.

The WBA Industry Awards promote successful practices and strategies in different aspects of the convergence and coexistence in the wireless broadband industry.

Good luck to all finalists.

GlobalReach is First Wi-Fi Online Signup Service with inBuilt Hotspot 2.0 Release 2 Support for Windows 10

Only OSU to Support Wi-Fi Onboarding for all Operating Systems

November 16, 2016 – WBA Wireless Congress, San Jose: The GlobalReach Passpoint Hotspot 2.0 online signup service (OSU), is now the first commercial provisioning software with inbuilt Hotspot 2.0 Release 2 support for Windows 10, said the Wi-Fi AAA and captive portal software platform company today. The updated GlobalReach OSU will be available to wireless service providers from December 1.

The news comes as number of ‘active devices’ running Windows 10 hit 400 million across 192 countries, and is on target to reach one billion users within three years.

Today’s announcement continues GlobalReach Technology’s commitment to be the only Hotspot 2.0 OSU to support all major operating systems. It follows the 2015 integration of Windows 10 Release 1 and Google’s Android ‘M’ operating systems.

The Hotspot 2.0 OSU is a built-in feature of the GlobalReach AAA RADIUS and captive portal platform. The software allows service providers and enterprises to easily onboard all devices to secure Passpoint™ Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi services, ending manual Wi-Fi logins and other obstacles to fast, seamless, secure connection. The OSU easily creates Passpoint user profiles allowing automatic connection to any Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi network.

The OSU was used to support the recent WBA City Wi-Fi Roaming Project, and is also used by some of the largest city Wi-Fi networks including LinkNYC, San Francisco and San Jose.

Today’s announcement also further supports the WBA’s vision for widespread seamless Wi-Fi access. Its Hotspot 2.0 Release 2, improves the Release 1 experience, which was based on the IEEE 802.11u standard.

“Through the Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) trials, the WBA has been driving adoption of Hotspot 2.0 technologies in order to make next generation Wi-Fi seamless, secure and interoperable. Enlarging support for online signup services and Windows 10 devices is an important step in making the vision for next generation Wi-Fi a reality,” said Shrikant Shenwai, the CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). “The WBA encourages the ecosystem (device vendors, infrastructure vendors and operators) to join WBA NGH trials.”

The OSU now provides real-time provisioning for devices and operating systems, including:

– Apple iOS iPhone / iPad (including Mac OSX)
– Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6, Note 3, Note 4)
– Windows 10 (mobile & laptops)
– Android Marshmallow (M) and Nougat (7)
– Hotspot 2.0 Release 1 provisioning
– Hotspot 2.0 Release 2 provisioning

Chris Spencer, chief technology officer, GlobalReach said: “We’re proud to be the first company to reach the scale of OSU device support that we’ve announced today. By enabling full Hotspot 2.0 and Passpoint access, we believe that we’re improving the way that carriers work with Wi-Fi networks, and the service quality that they can give their customers and subscribers.”


About GlobalReach Technology:

GlobalReach Technology is the Wi-Fi AAA and captive portal platform purpose-built for the world’s largest service providers, who use it to manage multiple, complex wireless services for their business customers.

Its software and cloud-based platform powers some of the world’s most complex Wi-Fi services, delivering billions of authentications a year. These include San Francisco, San Jose, New York, London, Sydney, Mexico and throughout Europe.

Media contact:
Kate Cleevely
kate@globalreachtech.com
T. +44 07754 920043

GlobalReach Technology Launches Wi-Fi Services Division with Anacapa Acquisition

New team has recently-acquired Cloudessa and Anacapa experience at core.

LONDON – 28 October, 2015 – GlobalReach Technology, the Wi-Fi authentication and provisioning software company, has acquired Anacapa Holdings and with it launches a new managed and professional services division, GlobalReach Services. The new international MSP will allow its service provider partners to design, deploy and support secure, reliable Wi-Fi using GlobalReach’s cloud software, Odyssys®. The team is live in EMEA now and will expand into the US and Asia next year.

Through its work with service providers including Virgin Media and Level 3, GlobalReach already has a skilled services team for support, field engineering and procurement, plus solution & product design. Anacapa, along with recently-acquired intelligent captive portal and cloud RADIUS / AAA technology company, Cloudessa, Inc, add international network and service design, build and integration skills.

Drawing specifically on Anacapa’s international partners, GlobalReach will also launch a fully-global Wi-Fi field engineering and support service. Local engineers can complete on-site installation and commissioning, plus deliver technical remediation within a set 24 or 48-hour service-level agreement (SLA).

With the aim of providing the best in project management skills and experience, the new team will work in different countries and in different languages. GlobalReach will design and launch large Wi-Fi network deployments and bespoke products on or ahead of schedule, with ongoing management and support.

Commenting Nigel Wesley, CEO, said, “There is a demand for systems that provide reliable public Wi-Fi for consumers but also secure, high-availability Wi-Fi for any organisation’s own corporate and staff users. Our technology is the backbone of some of the largest and most complex deployments, supporting a brand’s service reputation, customer loyalty and customer relationship management programmes. As our service provider partners look for a broader set of increasingly bespoke services, they want GlobalReach as the managed services expert to help them get more out of their Wi-Fi.”

About GlobalReach Technology:

GlobalReach Technology delivers the most complete, scalable Wi-Fi authentication and provisioning platform. Its software and cloud-based platform powers some of the world’s most complex Wi-Fi services, delivering billions of authentications a year. These include San Francisco, San Jose, London, Sydney, Mexico and throughout Europe.

Built on the world’s leading AAA authentication engine, secure captive portal, and Hotspot 2.0 online signup server (OSU), GlobalReach delivers high-performance software, service and analytics for the world’s leading service providers and their customers.

Media contact:

Kate Cleevely
kate@globalreachtech.com
T. +44 207 831 5630

GlobalReach Technology Powers Hotspot 2.0 at the WBA WiFi Global Congress for Third Time

SAN JOSE – 14 October, 2015 – GlobalReach Technology, is providing a Hotspot 2.0 online sign-up (OSU) server for the third time at the WBA’s WiFi Global Congress in San Jose this week.

The service is enabled by the cloud-hosted GlobalReach Wi-Fi platform, Odyssys™. The live next generation hotspot (NGH) network will be in place at The San Jose Convention Centre in San Jose, California. Accuris Networks, AIRI Point Dume, BSG Wireless, GlobalReach Technology and Syniverse will act as the main hub providers. The service will be used for seamless authentication and roaming for 600+ delegates.

GlobalReach will be demonstrating live devices with credentials to allow the cellular-like, seamless and secure authentication.

In association with the local authorities, the network also includes outdoor locations in downtown San Jose where users can experience roaming at popular tourist locations.

GlobalReach has a rich history with California’s Silicon Valley Wi-Fi. Working with San Francisco and San Jose GlobalReach created the world’s first large-scale municipal Passpoint™ Hotspot 2.0 service, allowing millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to the internet.

Operators involved in the live demonstration include: AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boingo, BT, Cable Labs, China Mobile, Comcast, dU, FON, KT, Linktel, Mobily, NTT docomo, Orange, PCCW HKT, Portugal Telecom, PT Telecom Indonesia, Shaw, SK Telecom, Sprint, Swisscom, T-Mobile USA, Telstra, Telus, Towerstream and True.

Local users with Passpoint™ enabled smartphones, laptops and tablets suited to join the NGH service can experience a one-time download of the profile for seamless roaming at other NGH hotspots in the future.

These include smartphones such as Mediatek Smartphone, Qualcomm Smartphone, Broadcom Smartphone, Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S and Note – and the tablets and laptops: Intel Laptop, Apple iPad, and the Marvell Plug Computer.

See the GlobalReach Hotspot 2.0 online sign up service at: https://osu.odyssys.net.

About GlobalReach Technology:

GlobalReach Technology delivers the most complete, scalable Wi-Fi authentication and provisioning platform. Its software and cloud-based platform powers some of the world’s most complex Wi-Fi services, delivering billions of authentications a year. These include San Francisco, San Jose, London, Sydney, Mexico and throughout Europe.

Built on the world’s leading AAA authentication engine, secure captive portal, and Hotspot 2.0 online signup server (OSU), GlobalReach delivers high-performance software, service and analytics for the world’s leading service providers and their customers.

Media contact:

Kate Cleevely
kate@globalreachtech.com
T. +44 207 831 5630

Wi-Fi Passpoint standard now knits together SF, San Jose, London

 

PCWorldLogo-2012_red-300x65A partnership that lets Wi-Fi users get on free public networks in San Francisco and San Jose, California, with a one-time joining process now also  covers a hotspot along the River Thames in London.

GlobalReach Technology enables seamless secure public Wi-Fi roaming across the Atlantic

wireless-logoGlobalReach Technology connects London to cities of San Francisco and San Jose with seamless, secure Passpoint Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi service allowing users to access participating Wi-Fi networks automatically.

GlobalReach and Ruckus to join San Francisco and San Jose Wi-Fi services using Passpoint™ Hotspot 2.0 technology.

Ruckus Wireless and GlobalReach Technology will help to join San Francisco’s and San Jose’s Wi-Fi services, so that visitors can connect to both automatically without having to sign up twice.

The new service, which will be HotSpot 2.0-based, will make it easy for residents and visitors to move between one Wi-Fi network and another. San Francisco and San Jose are two of the first cities to make use of the new Wi-Fi standard, which is also known as Passpoint, reports computerworld.com.

Read the full article here

Cloudessa, Inc has been acquired by GlobalReach Technology

GlobalReach Technology, the cloud WiFi company has acquired the Intelligent Captive Portal and Cloud RADIUS / AAA technology company, Cloudessa, Inc.

GlobalReach is the leading provider of carrier-grade cloud WiFi and Passpoint™ Hotspot 2.0 services. They have designed and built some of the world’s most complex WiFi services. Odyssys® is their cloud WiFi software solution that provides businesses large and small with private and public WiFi. Their experience and depth of knowledge of all things cloud, analytics and WiFi ensures that customers can depend on reliable, scalable services that work with all common WiFi hardware.

Cloudessa, whose mission is to provide businesses with powerful and versatile cloud-hosted network access security solutions, produces smart, cost-effective products that allow enterprises and hotspot network providers to secure and control all WiFi, BYOD, and remote VPN access to their networks.

Commenting Nigel Wesley, CEO, said, “The acquisition of Cloudessa is a good fit with GlobalReach. It offers us access to a powerful technology platform. We will be integrating the technology into our Odyssys® cloud WiFi service, adding some great functionality to our carrier-grade WiFi, including integration with Google Apps, Social WiFi and other widely used enterprise databases, such as LDAP and Active Directory. We look forward to delivering a broader set of services to our customers and helping them get more out of their WiFi.”

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Captive Portal Sign In for Facebook, Twitter, Google Apps

With the explosive growth in the use of mobile devices, WiFi access has become increasingly important to businesses over the past few years. As you move to implement WiFi access, one important consideration is how user authentication will be handled: Will you be forced to create and maintain a separate database of usernames and passwords for WiFi access? Or is there an easier way?

When you implement RADIUS authentication and captive portal solutions from Cloudessa, there’s an easier way: You’ll be able to reuse your existing authentication infrastucture — for example, Active Directory — to authenticate WiFi users as well, with no additional data entry required.

  • You can use your existing authentication stores, including Active Directory, SQL, and LDAP, to authenticate WiFi users
  • For captive portal access, your WiFi users can connect using their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn credentials
  • You can enable SAML-based login, authenticating users to the network against SAML providers Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, or Microsoft ADFS
  • If you’ve moved your productivity tools to Google Apps, you can even authenticate your WiFi users against the database of usernames and passwords stored by Google in the cloud

The Cloudessa AAA engine lets users quickly and easily login to the WiFi network with existing credentials – avoiding the hassle of creating and remembering credentials for the different networks they access.

Cloudessa supports industry-standard security protocols, including RADIUS, 802.1x, PEAP, EAP-TTLS, WPA2-Enterprise, PAP, and CHAP; for captive portal access, it also supports OAuth and SAML.

Read more about Cloudessa RADIUS-as-a-Service and Cloudessa AAA and Captive Portal Cloud Service.