What is Hotspot 2.0?

After watching a few videos and reading a few articles on this new concept, I think I  have an idea of what all the ruckus is about.

To understand how Hotspot 2.0 will work, it helps to understand how the roaming carrier agreements for cellular providers works. You have a cellphone plan. This is through some provider. When you fly to another country and you land the first thing you do is turn your cellphone on. Your phone recognizes it is in a new place and through your simcard user authentication, you are connected to an alternative network that makes your phone work. That network you are on is in an agreement with your home based provider. Your phone works. You’re happy.

Hotspot 2.0 takes this same concept and applies it to WiFi. So you sign up one time Hotspot 2.0, pay “x” amount for the service, and BAM! global WiFi service that is checked by a certificate downloaded to your mobile device.

For example: lets say instead of traveling with a phone, you are traveling with an Ipad. Ipads don’t have simcards. The concept of Hotspot 2.0 is you land in another country, you turn on your Ipad (which you have registered with the Hotspot 2.0 service) and you are seamlessly connected to the WiFi network through back-end agreements with other WiFi providers. Hotspot 2.0 is the key. It’s a protocol. It enables mobile devices to seamlessly connect to WiFi. It basically gets rid of the annoying process of:

  • remembering WiFi passwords
  • searching for networks that are not password protected
  • relogging into a network with a room number/ 16 code password
  • having to open up a browser to authenticate a connection

Here is another explanation with the end-user/back end process.

Lets say you are from “A” and you travel “B”: You turn on your mobile device and Hotspot 2.0 scans all nearby APs. Hotspot 2.0 capable Aps respond to your mobile device and your device waits for a list of roaming partners. The Aps responds to your device and your device selects an Aps in the “B” network that has a roaming arrangement with your “A” provider. Your device associates with the Ap and the aunthetication process begins. The authentication is forwarded to the AAA in “B” network and then it will proxy this authentication request to to the AAA of “A” . The AAA of “A” confirms the authentication, sends this to the AAA in “B”, and then they grants WiFi access to your device.

802.11u enables mobile devices to securely and automatically connect to networks.

Another very key part to why Hotspot 2.0 is going to be HUGE is because it offsets data coverage for cellular operators. With the increase in smartphone devices such as an Iphone or an Android, many of these carriers’ networks are becoming very congested with traffic. Hotspot 2.0 is an excellent resource to offset some of this traffic.

WFA will determine technological side.

WBA will determine the operational side.

Things I am still trying to understand:

Interoperability of the Hotspot 2.0: is the ability of diverse systems and organizations to work together.

Roaming relationships between two public WiFi operators: Airport to a Carrier, Shopping mall to a Carrier, Shopping mall to a Google, Shopping mall to an Apple etc.

Ultimately, Hotspot 2.0 wants to become as secure and automatic as cellular. The user benefits because of seamless connection that overhauls the manual WiFi connection procedure. The mobile carriers benefit because they can offset traffic and increase their network efficiency.

THE REAL WIN ABOUT ALL OF THIS is in the enterprise. Oh will they be able monetize this system. Solve enterprise problem: Exhibit A: I am company “X” and I am installing an amazing High Capacity, High Cost, Smart WLAN system ! It cost this “y” to install and “z’ annually… but how will I pay for this? Earn royalties on wholesaling existing LAN capacity to operators. POW! Turn your WLAN system into a residuals bank. BAM! Not a bad investment.

Similiarly, Public venues such as a school, a mall, anywhere that are expected to provide access to efficient and effective WiFi should see Hotspot 2.0 as an opportunity to not only create a robust mobile experience but to cover the cost of the operating such a system!

THis is where the money is at! Solving B2B problems is what gives you leverage. The tech side is covered. The business side of showing the enterprise what they really are investing in… that’s work for young entrepreneurs with global vision and international connections.



Where is the Money At? THIS is where.

Here is a summary of what I have learned over the past few months from an invaluable international business experience in Europe.

The Money/Value in my very near future is in:

Solving B2B problems through M&A with Disruptive Technology. Provide glocal, multilingual, tech solution to the 20 million SMEs which make up around 97% of active businesses in Europe.

B2C especially in the tech industry is more fun, everyone can use it and likes to use it, but it is not where the money is at. Maybe the top ten people in popular B2C startups and app companies are making bank. The REAL money is in Business to Business. Solve Enterprise problems. The volume of B2B transactions will always be much larger than the volume of a B2C transactions. I will do business with one company to another company. I am not focused only on my own options. My job is understanding the other two/three/four party’s interest and THAT will give me leverage.

International. Mergers and Acquisitions. Mergers and Acquisitions. Mergers and Acquisitions. Business to Business. Disruptive Technology. International. Cloud based. Multilingual Solutions.

Reading Material:

Harvard Business Review

McKinsey Quarterly

The Wall Street Journal

Tech Crunch

Fast Company

Perspective is reality.

You should be able to run a multi-million dollar business from your Iphone.

I felt like a boss because I was in my prime.

All Business Is People Business.

I want to bring BigBelly to… Barcelona, Africa and Russia.

I don’t know if you have heard of this company called BigBelly but I want to bring their product around the world. BigBelly took home the Best Project Award at the Second Annual World Smart Cities Awards, in conjunction with the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. BigBelly Solar beat out competitors from around the globe for its intelligent waste and recycling collection system.

I want to bring this company to Africa, Russia, and South America.

Pretty ambitious huh?

First I will start off in Barcelona. If I can make it happen here I can make it happen anywhere.

Barcelona does not currently have any BigBelly products as far as I can see from my research.

The way this product works is it is a solar trash and recycling compactor that it is integrated into WiFi systems that notify when they are full and need to be emptied. The city benefits because they increase recycling, they do not have to make trips to empty containers, and they look tech savvy and awesome.

This is a very feasible project here.

Next is Africa: I am or very soon will be in contact with many contacts in Cameroon and Tunisia regarding this business opportunity for them. Currently there are 0 distributors in Africa for this company. I am going to make the bridge for this company to the continent of Africa. Solar trash compactors in Africa… I guess it makes sense.

Russia: In a about two weeks I will be in contact with business and connections from all over Russia. It is my objective to present these solar trash compactors as a very feasible project that will benefit Russian cities and develop long term sustainable energy relationships.

Okay so Barcelona I 100% can do. Africa is very possible. Russia is a long shot but why not, they don’t have any distributors there and I have the opportunity of a lifetime with Russian week coming to Barcelona May 21st -24th.

I never thought I’d day this but I am going to start learning some Russian.

Check out this company below:



Take your Smartphone out and Scan This. Now.

Digital QR contact information for ACN International Business Owner Dominic Steil.

Dominic J. Steil

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LinkedIn vs. Google+

The Professional Platform Battle

We are at a crossroad. LinkedIn’s earnings for the first quarter of 2013 are through the roof, Facebook is losing users online and faith on Wall Street, Google seems to be doing anything and everything it damn well wants to and the mobile tech world is hungry for the next disruptive technology.

Oh it’s on

There is the social network platform and the professional network platform; and there is no in between. Facebook is struggling with this truth and I don’t think its in there interest to try and evolve. They need to take on communications. FB is a free, worldwide, efficient, effective communication platform. They need to take on telecom and somehow use their unmatched data on us to blow the average phone carrier away. Facebook is like my college and high school digital time capsule it will be cool to look back on years from now. The real upside that Google+ and LinkedIn have is that my generation is arriving at a point where we are beginning our professional careers. Both of these platforms have their advantages. Google+ makes collaborating with others on a project unbelievably easy. You can enter a Google+ hangout and video chat with up to 9 people, work on documents at the same time via Google Drive, and forward and cc Gmail with Google Translate into pretty much any language. Not to bad. Google+ also has the advantage with sharing information because of its “circles” format. You can categorize you contacts making it easier to share you’re content and also provides a sense of comfort when posting your media. You know exactly who’s seeing what and I think this concept has so much upside. LinkedIn has its advantage from the international networking and follow up side. You can meet someone, add them on LinkedIn and keep a contact you might never have spoken with again otherwise. LinkedIn also is cool because you get to see what peoples passions are. LinkedIn is becoming more then an online resume. Its becoming a place for debate, new ideas to be shared, and you can learn tips and tricks from the people who have made it to top. It will be very interesting to see how these three companies grow and capitalize on their strengths and see who they partner with to compensate for there weaknesses.
On a completely unrelated side note, I love Twitter. It is basically the clever and awesome brain of our planets’ population of tech savvy cavemen. Very cool concept. Oh yeah and I wrote this from my Iphone5 using html5 from the spa at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Nice, France… I highly recommend it.

New LinkedIn Profiles

The new LinkedIn Profile is going to change professional networking forever. It enables users to build a story of were they have been and more importantly where they are going. LinkedIn as we knew it was the first viral online resume platform for our new tech savvy and very connected generation. It is now evolving into much more than that.

We are so much more than our profile picture our education, our past and current job positions. We are people with memories and more importantly dreams. With the new LinkedIN Professional Portfolio we can integrate pictures, videos, articles, songs, and in due time any other sort of medium to build a brand you want to the world to see.

Professionals in every industry now have the opportunity to showcase their work and explore the works of others on a scale never seen before. How will you leverage this new Platform?