City Hot Zones, as their name implies, are targeted at metropolitan areas where people work, shop, dine and play – and, use their smartphones and tablets for increasingly bandwidth-intensive data and video applications. These metro areas represent only 1% of the world’s total landmass, but they’re where the majority of the world’s population resides. City Hot Zones are a logical, targeted way to keep the operator’s brand in front of the maximum number of subscribers at the lowest cost. For mobile operators, these City Hot Zones carry terabytes of mobile data traffic that would otherwise have congested their macrocells leading to dropped calls and frustrated customers. At the same time, cable subscribers enjoy the benefit of free mobile data service with no caps; that’s a pretty compelling reason to stick with your cable operator. So, for both mobile carriers and cable operators, City Hotzones can play a key role in customer attraction, satisfaction and retention.
With BelAir Networks carrier grade Wi-Fi solutions, it’s fast and easy to deploy City Hot Zones that leverage service providers’ existing networks – BelAir Networks access points are designed to co-locate at cell sites and on cable strand. BelAir Networks carrier grade Wi-Fi is also the only system proven to integrate with Tier One carriers’ back office infrastructure, policy management and billing systems in some of world’s largest small cell networks. And, with BelAir Networks Virtual AP capabilities, service providers leverage one network deployment many times. With Virtual AP, each AP can support different and segregated services by assigning unique SSIDs by network, group, zone and individual subscriber, enforcing a service provider's existing policy and billing settings. Virtual APs enables service providers to leverage and extend their City Hot Zone networks to offer a variety of managed services to subscribers, businesses, schools, building owners, and other service providers via shared or hosted network access, capitalizing on Wireless-as-a-Service (WaaS) business models.