Nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers say they most often connect their smartphones to Wi-Fi networks as opposed to a macro cellular network when using the Internet, according to a recent survey by professional services and advisory firm Deloitte.
New roaming technology as well as the deployment of more hotspots and small cells will lead carriers to increasingly turn to Wi-Fi offloading for data capacity in the years ahead, according to a new survey from the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
Many Wi-Fi standard iterations over the years have been primarily focused on improving maximum data speeds allowed via the technology. That is starting to change as LTE networks take off and the emphasis shifts to real-world performance and the handoff between LTE and Wi-Fi networks. 802.11HEW--the HEW stands for high-efficiency WLAN--is a major part of that effort. Special report.
Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape said it struck a deal with the Competitive Carriers Association for CCA's members, which are mainly smaller and rural carriers, to use its Curated Wi-Fi offload solution.
AT&T Mobility is pushing for more international Wi-Fi roaming agreements between carriers and Wi-Fi providers as part of a wider push to make it more seamless for carriers and their customers to offload traffic from cellular networks onto Wi-Fi.
Apple introduced a bevy of new software features for iOS 7 on Monday, but among the ones it didn't spend a lot of time talking about is support for the Hotspot 2.0 standard, which should make it easier for iOS devices to connect to certified and secure W-Fi hotspots. The standard could help wireless carriers offload traffic from their cellular networks to Wi-Fi networks.
Just a few years ago, Wi-Fi offloading was all the buzz as operators searched for a quick solution to ease their network congestion. But today the discussion around Wi-Fi has shifted from offload to integration, as Tier 1 operators such as AT&T strive for more control of the user experience and better quality of service.
AT&T and Boingo Wireless announced a reciprocal Wi-Fi roaming deal that will give AT&T subscribers access to Boingo's global network of Wi-Fi hotspots in major international airports. Additionally, Boingo customers traveling in the United States will get access to AT&T's Wi-Fi hotspot network throughout the country, including at airports, restaurants, sporting arenas and retail locations.
Mobile subscribers in North America and the Asia-Pacific region will be the drivers of a 13-fold growth rate in global mobile data traffic from 2012- 2017, according to a new report from Cisco Systems.
Alvarion said it reached a deal with a Tier 1 Japanese operator to offload the carrier's 3G data traffic to Alvarion's carrier-grade Wi-Fi base stations in Tokyo. Such a strategy could be employed in the future by additional carriers, including those in the United States.