Wireless carriers, network vendors, smartphone makers and technology companies have been embracing Wi-Fi as key parts of their corporate strategy for a variety of reasons. However, some of the companies that are doing the actual work of aggregating those hotspots, including iPass, Boingo Wireless and TowerStream, don't have much to show for their efforts--at least, not yet. Special report
Wi-Fi offloading of cellular data is going to continue to accelerate, especially in North America and Western Europe, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The report indicates Wi-Fi networks will carry 60 percent of global smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, compared to just over 50 percent estimated in 2014.
Sprint struck a multi-year Wi-Fi offloading agreement with Boingo Wireless to seamlessly offload its customers' data traffic to Boingo's Wi-Fi networks at 35 major U.S. airports. The Boingo deal is one element of Sprint's evolving strategy to make Wi-Fi an integral part of its network as part of an effort to improve the performance of its network.
Will Comcast, Cablevision, Google and other companies take a "Wi-Fi first" approach to compete with traditional wireless carriers on a large scale across the U.S.? Probably not, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
Cablevision kicked off sales of its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service, and now seems to be emphasizing Freewheel's data capabilities as opposed to the service being a replacement for cellular service.
Even as more cellular data traffic is being offloaded onto Wi-Fi networks and femtocells, consumers around the world are using mobile data more than ever, according to a new report from Cisco Systems.
Cablevision is launching a Wi-Fi-only mobile service to offer customers an alternative to traditional cellular wireless plans, banking on its network of 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots to attract customers.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop will cross 1 million total customers sometime in the second or third quarter of 2015, earlier than expected. Previously, the company had said it would hit the milestone by the end of 2015.
U.S. LTE subscribers are using almost twice as much data on average than their 3G counterparts, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Mobidia. The company's research also found that Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers are using more LTE data than customers of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.
The escalating number of Wi-Fi hotspots will likely lead to more data traffic being delivered over Wi-Fi networks than wired networks by 2018, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, which was released today. The report also predicted that there will be 53 million Wi-Fi hotspots globally by 2018, noting that both cable companies and wireless carriers are extending their reach by employing Wi-Fi hotspot strategies.