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.
Time Warner Cable is using technology from Israeli-American startup WeFi to give its customers access to more free Wi-Fi hotspots that don't require passwords.
New research from NPD Connected Intelligence shows that Android smartphone users on average download roughly 870 MB of data per month on cellular networks and around 2.5 GB per month on Wi-Fi networks.
LAS VEGAS--Boingo Wireless will provide Wi-Fi offloading to Competitive Carriers Association members. The Wi-Fi service provider is offering a white-label solution to CCA members so that their customers can connect to Boingo's global footprint using one single account.
Sprint Nextel revealed that it now has 950,000 femtocells operating on its network, a substantial increase in just the past few months. In May the carrier announced that it had 600,000 femtocells in its network--which was a dramatic jump from the 250,000 femtocells Sprint said it had deployed as of March of 2011.
Republic Wireless, a Sprint Nextel MVNO, selected Devicescape to manage its Wi-Fi data offloading. The MVNO, which is about to begin the second beta test of its service before it commercially launches, plans to leverage Devicescape's network of 8 million curated Wi-Fi hotspots as its primary wireless network technology to deliver unlimited voice, text and data for $19 per month.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the FCC should require spectrum holders to deploy their airwaves more aggressively and should speed up the transfer of spectrum between carriers. He also pushed for federal rules that would allow carriers to more quickly build new cell sites.
Verizon Wireless ( NYSE:VZ ) does not have to rush to deploy a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution, but will add the capability to its network later this year, according to a senior executive.