Data offloading becoming key requirement, but quantifying impact remains elusive

Lynnette LunaJudging by the number of carrier-grade Wi-Fi equipment announcements during this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, offloading smartphone mobile data traffic onto Wi-Fi networks is becoming a key network requirement for operators around the world as they grapple with heavy data traffic. But interestingly enough, those operators that have embraced the offload concept have difficulty quantifying its ability to reduce 3G network congestion or solidly demonstrate its cost advantages. They just know it works. Check out my special report on Wi-Fi offloading here. --Lynnette

Suggested Articles

If its merger with Sprint doesn’t go through, T-Mobile could still use spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band—of the EBS variety.

The work being done with a CUPS-compliant EPC relates to the core network.

Qualcomm and Ericsson are flexing their readiness by achieving a successful data connection compliant with the 3GPP 5G New Radio standard in standalone mode.