The increasing appetite for Carrier Wi-Fi solutions will result in revenues growing to nearly $8 billion (€6.4 billion) by 2019. Asia-Pacific is the top region in [terms of the] number of installed Wi-Fi hotspots while Europe and North America continue to grow their networks through the use of community hotspots.
Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.
Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to create a large-scale, cloud-based Wi-Fi network for enterprises, according to a GigaOM report, which cited an unnamed source.
Aerohive Networks, which markets managed Wi-Fi service to enterprises, attracted $75 million for its initial public offering last Friday. Eight-year-old Aerohive sold 7.5 million shares for $10 apiece, which put the company's total valuation at $436 million.
Mobile operators should be rolling out public Wi-Fi access points in order to secure locations for current offloading operations as well as for future placement of equipment such as small cells, and one way to build up an inventory of locations is to offer venue owners Wi-Fi as a service (Waas), said Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
With the NFL failing to hit its goal of installing Wi-Fi access points in all stadiums by kickoff of the 2013-14 season, the league says it is searching for a telecom partner that can help it meet demand from fans who want to use smartphones and tablets while attending a game.
Time Warner Cable said it will deploy up to 10,000 Wi-Fi access points in New York City by the end 2013, using gear from Cisco and Ruckus Wireless.
Mobile satellite service provider Globalstar said early tests show deployment of its proposed Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS), using managed 802.11-compliant technology over its licensed spectrum combined with adjacent unlicensed ISM spectrum, can deliver a superior Wi-Fi experience.
Not everyone is excited about getting a smart meter to monitor their electricity and water use, but Silicon Valley Power has found a way to sweeten the deal by offering free Wi-Fi as part of its smart meter rollout in Santa Clara, Calif.
The market for wireless LAN equipment passed the $1 billion milestone for the first time ever during the third quarter of 2012, according to market research firm Infonetics. The firm also noted that shipments of 802.11ac Wi-Fi products will increase in popularity in 2013.