Wireless Service Locator

Wireless Service Locator (WSL) is the cable industry’s platform for sharing Wi-Fi hotspot location information. WSL users include all MSOs participating in the CableWiFi roaming initiative, as well as other MSOs and affiliated service providers. CableLabs operates WSL as a service to our member companies to ensure accuracy of data and simplify the process of hotspot data exchange.

The WSL process:

  • Participating MSOs load their Wi-Fi hotspot location information in WSL and define rules regarding roaming partner data access.
  • MSOs, MSO roaming partners and service providers (such as mapping providers and hotspot locator application developers) retrieve consolidated hotspot location information from WSL according to the originating MSO sharing rules. Alerts and notifications can be defined to determine when partner data updates are available for retrieval.
  • Consolidated hotspot location information is used by MSOs and their partners to update customer-facing maps and hotspot finder applications.
  • WSL enables MSOs to exchange data using either a CableLabs specified data format or the WRIX-L specification defined by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

How to Participate:

Interested parties should contact us by sending an e-mail to WSLAdmin@CableLabs.com (subject line in e-mail should state interest in participating in Wireless Service Locator) or by calling 303.661.9100.