Vodafone Germany, in cooperation with Cisco and Chemring Technology Solutions, has completed a trial on a new intelligent mobile access solution, demonstrating how smartphone users can seamlessly switch from mobile internet to Wi-Fi and vice versa.
The pilot ran in three German cities, leveraging Network Intelligence Software from the Cisco Policy Suite and intelligent device software for Android and iPhone smartphones from Chemring Technology Solutions. The intelligent device is responsible for applying the policy rules, as well as ensuring the connection quality by running performance measurements of potential Wi-Fi and mobile networks in the background. These measurements report back to the network in order to identify trends for the different hotspots. At the sme time, the intelligent device also takes care of the login process to Wi-Fi hotspots.
According to Cisco, the solution aims to provide superior customer experience by switching connection of a device to the prefered network based on time or location, as well as the load on the mobile or Wi-Fi networks. This tackles issues relating to slow or inactive Wi-Fi connections as well as common issues when logging into portals.
The implementation of the solution will enable Vodafone Germany, a provider of fast, high-performance fixed and mobile networks, push ahead with the integration of its mobile and Wi-Fi infrastructure.