Boingo Debuts Carrier-Grade Server for OTA Handset Provisioning

Boingo Wireless Inc. has introduced the Boingo Configuration Server, which works with a wireless carriers OSS to provision Wi-Fi handset service over the air with no user intervention.

It can be integrated into existing OSS systems via a SOAP API that controls the configuration servers capabilities, the company said.

Carriers either can change the Wi-Fi service configuration on a per-customer basis to define service offerings by geography, customer type, usage levels, service branding and other parameters, or they can use the servers Web-based interface to perform the same functions.

Once a user or customer service agent enters account information into the carriers OSS or the Web-based interface, an XML file is sent to the handset to automatically set the phones Wi-Fi parameters based on the service level selected. The user then can access a broadband Wi-Fi connection when in range of a Boingo hotspot.

The Configuration Server is targeted at mobile network operators and MVNOs, Boingo said. VoIP service providers also can license the server to offer a mobile service to customers.

The provisioning process uses SMS but can be configured to support any wireless OTA protocol, the company said. The server updates handsets in the field with new network and configuration information or de-provision the handsets if service lapses.

The server integrates with carrier backend BSS/OSS using existing RADIUS systems for provisioning and authentication and APIs for communicating to these systems.

The configuration server works with handsets that have installed the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit, and is available to developers of BREW, Linux, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 handsets.

The product is being demonstrated at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week.

Boingo Wireless Inc.

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