Sharedband Connect launches WiFi/cellular bonding

Sharedband has launched Sharedband Connect, a new technology allowing seamless roaming between 3G or 4G cellular networks, and WiFi environments. Designed to deliver enough bandwidth to support the most data-hungry apps, Sharedband Connect 3iFi and 4iFi give users a single IP address and allows them to connect to the Internet via two communication channels — one WiFi, and one cellular.

The solution, delivered via an Android smartphone app, transmits data over whichever channel is connected. When both channels are connected, data can be routed simultaneously over both for maximum speed, or just burst out to the cellular network when necessary for maximum cost efficiency. Users retain full control over costs by setting pre-defined limits for mobile data consumption. Operators gain Realtime Network Performance Data.

Because two paths are better than one, Sharedband Connect offers a highly secure, resilient connection, which can be critical when downloading large data files or live media streaming to a mobile device. The service also offers smooth, seamless migration from one connection to another, allowing data streaming to continue uninterrupted.

Sharedband Connect 3iFi and 4iFi are targeted at mobile network operators and telcos to offer their customers as a bundled app and are unveiled today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Stand 5C50.

Sharedband’s COO, Tim Burne, commented, “Sharedband Connect gives mobile users the ultimate high-speed data experience which is great news for mobile network providers, as they’ll be able to build market share and reduce customer churn. By offering a fully integrated data service, they’ll never lose sight of their customers’ data, and this will give them insights that will prove invaluable when planning future technological investments.”

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