Date:  Thursday, March 17, 2005

Time:  6:30 to 9:00 pm
Location:  Avaya Auditorium, University of Texas Campus
The Evolution Of Wi-Fi And Its Integration With Cellular Networks
Speaker:  Rias Muhamed - SBC Laboratories, Inc.


Realizing anywhere, any time pervasive communications services will involve delivering connectivity across multiple heterogeneous access networks, as opposed to having one ubiquitous access technology that meets all the needs of the end-user. It is likely that next generation services will involve the integration of multiple heterogeneous networks that are tied together to provide a seamless user experience. Given the remarkable success of Wi-Fi, one particular example of such integration would be that of Wi-Fi based wireless local area networks and GSM based wide area cellular networks. This talk will explore this subject by discussing the various levels of integration -from common authentication for both networks to seamless hand-over between them, the challenges associated with such integration and the solutions being developed in the industry.