December 18, 2013 09:00 ET

WeFi Extends Leadership in Mobile Broadband Optimization With Growing Patent Portfolio and Expansion of Executive Team With Sales, Business Development and Product Leaders

New Patents, Executives Fuel Company Growth and Deliver on Promise of Always-Best-Connected Mobile Broadband User Experience

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) -  WeFi, an innovator of mobile broadband technology solutions that ensure a superior quality of experience (QoE) for mobile subscribers, announced that it was granted two new patents for strategic components of the company's portfolio of mobile broadband technology solutions for network access classification and connection based on historical performance. The company also announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of seasoned executives to accelerate sales and new product development. Arie Shaham, Vice President of Research and Development, and Stephen Becker, Vice President of Business Development, will report to WeFi CEO, Zur Feldman. Erik Hanssen, Vice President of Americas, Sales, will report to Patrick Guay, Vice President of Global Sales. These milestones are instrumental in the company's mission to solve the problem of wireless network congestion and improve the mobile user experience.

New Patents Fortify WeFi's Leadership in Wi-Fi and Cellular Integration
WeFi's patented solutions enable service providers and operators to make the best decisions related to the user experience and ensure the best mobile broadband experience is delivered every time. These combined solutions deliver a superior quality of experience for users while also protecting business goals for carriers and operators. In 2007, WeFi was awarded two patents that solved the current strains of the wireless ecosystem. These patents are solutions to the specific problem operators face today in struggling to provide constant connectivity with limited resources available to do so.

The new patents that have been issued to WeFi describe the method of leveraging the company's analytics to discover hotspots (not necessarily public) that users can connect to -- for example, a friend's place or a favorite store. Once WeFi's analytics discover this hotspot, the company's software can recommend that the user obtain a password and connect to the network.

These fifth and sixth patents issued to WeFi are titled as follows:

  • Title: "System and Method of Automatically Connecting a Mobile Communication Device to a Network using a Communications Resource Database." This application is directed to classifying network access points.
  • Title: "Dynamic Network Connection System and Method." This application is directed to selecting a network access point for establishing a connection based on historical performance.

"We're proud of the groundbreaking technology innovations we are rapidly commercializing and look forward to ongoing growth of our patent portfolio. We will continue to set the standard for quality of experience while delivering value to service providers, operators and users alike," said Zur Feldman, Chairman and CEO of WeFi.

New Executives Focus on Expanding Sales, Partnerships and Product Development
Stephen Becker, in his appointed role as Vice President of Business Development, will work alongside Erik Hanssen to expand business with customers and partners. Becker is an experienced business development professional with over 20 years of experience in the wireless and cable TV industries. He has a proven track record in developing and implementing growth strategies to help companies transform during periods of change. Prior to joining WeFi, Becker led product, business development and strategy for Sprint's wholesale group. He also built and ran the marketing and sales function for N2 Broadband, a developer of video on demand software for the cable television industry, and was an executive at Cox Communications.

Erik Hanssen, Vice President of Americas, Sales for WeFi, brings with him more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience. He joins WeFi from Green Packet, a leader in client-side connectivity solutions to the MSO and MNO telco markets where he held the position of Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Diginext and General Manager for Birdstep Technology, both creators of advanced policy-based network selection software for Tier 1 mobile operators. Hanssen also held the position of Vice President of Sales and Channels for Boingo Wireless.

Arie Shaham, Vice President of Research and Development for WeFi, brings with him more than 25 years of experience in software and systems development. He will provide technical leadership and expertise to WeFi's cutting-edge research and product development team. Shaham has more than 15 years of experience as an executive managing research and development for several telecommunications, mobile and business applications companies including Vocaltec, Netformx and Celtro. Arie was also a founder, executive and board member of Tdsoft, a leading provider of broadband gateways.

"Our patented solution enables service providers and operators to make the best decisions related to the user experience, ensuring the best mobile broadband experience is delivered every time," continued Feldman. "We're always looking to bring on top talent to complement our strong team, and with the addition of these new hires, we will be able to expand WeFi's sales channels as well as develop and bring better products to market faster."

About WeFi, Inc.
Through its Wi-Fi network management solution and comprehensive hotspot database -- the industry's largest with nearly 200 million hotspots -- WeFi extends investment in infrastructure Wi-Fi networks and assures that wireless carriers, cable operators and streaming media content producers can deliver subscribers the best mobility experience in a data dependent world. WeFi's patented and patent-pending technology provides customers unparalleled visibility into the use of Wi-Fi connectivity, both on and off their own networks, allowing operators to better plan networks, predict usage and deliver the best network connection based on custom connection policies. For more information visit

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