Momentum for Wi-Fi calling among wireless operators continues to build, and it's making players in the Wi-Fi market more bullish than ever.
Apple's decision to support Wi-Fi calling as well as voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus represents a bellwether for the wireless industry given the iPhone's high profile worldwide, say industry executives.
Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser said that while the company, a key provider of a virtualized carrier Wi-Fi network, is in favor of the Hotspot 2.0 standard, that is only an interim solution and more technology is needed to deliver greater value to carriers from Wi-Fi networks.
Devicescape, provider of a virtualized carrier Wi-Fi network, aims to attract telecom operators with a major overhaul to its Wi-Fi service platform that includes a new suite of access, engagement and insight services.
Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape struck partnerships with the Competitive Carriers Association as well as with Leap Wireless' Cricket unit.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is deploying Devicescape's Wi-Fi Curator Service, which is designed to help operators lift incremental Wi-Fi offload rates and improve their customers' communications experience.
Devicescape predicts its global Wi-Fi hotspot network, which doubled during 2012 to reach 12 million access points--will expand to reach 100 million access points by the end of 2017.
Devicescape said its Wi-Fi offload service will be used by MVNO Flash Wireless to help manage data costs and maintain competitive data pricing.
Microsoft is teaming up with Wi-Fi offload specialist Devicescape to power the Wi-Fi hotspot map that is part of Microsoft's Data Sense application, one of the new key features of Windows Phone 8. Data Sense is a suite of services intended to help users better manage their data usage and stay under their monthly data cap.
France's Bouygues Telecom is adding free Wi-Fi to its portfolio as it ratchets up its rivalry with low-cost provider Free Mobile.