Cisco has built a Hotspot 2.0 network for Orange Romania, allowing the country's biggest operator to offload 3G and 4G traffic in high demand areas onto Wi-Fi.
The vendor said its service provider Wi-Fi infrastructure provides the access layer for seamless authentication and includes the Passpoint certified protocols IEEE 802.11u, WPA 2 Enterprise and EAP-SIM authentication. It said the product would increase Orange Romania's bandwidth and improve the experience of its customers without it having to spend heavily on its cellular network.
Hotspot 2.0 products aim to give users a seamless mobile experience across cellular and wi-fi networks, giving a high quality and high capacity service. In June, Cisco launched a Wi-Fi service in Andorra.
Vlad Constantinescu, Engineering Manager, Orange Romania, said: "We wanted to deploy an architecture that enables easy connectivity and automatic authentication for all of our customers. It allows them access to the same services using the Wi-Fi network as if they were using our mobile network in a secure and easy way. Cisco's solution provides the access layer, enables Hotspot 2.0 technology in our Wi-Fi network and makes it very easy to use."
Jim Scott, Managing Director, Service Provider Mobility, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Cisco, added: "Our vision for mobility is one in which connectivity is ubiquitous and intelligent – providing value-added experiences. This initiative by Orange Romania and the efforts of the industry to enable Hotspot 2.0 will be instrumental in providing the seamless experiences required by businesses and desired by consumers. We're delighted to be working with Orange Romania on this project."