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.
CCA President and CEO Steve Berry said that it's critical for competitive carriers to have an offload solution because as much as 22 percent of mobile traffic is expected to be offloaded to Wi-Fi by 2016.
Wi-Fi offloading is just one topic of discussion among CCA members at their annual convention in Las Vegas this week. During yesterday's FierceWireless executive breakfast on "Spectrum Strategies for Today's Mobile Broadband World," held in conjunction with the conference, Terry Addington, chairman and CEO of SI Wireless, hinted that the CCA members were looking at different wholesale Wi-Fi opportunities as a way to offload mobile broadband traffic that was starting to strain their networks.
Fellow panelist Tom Sugrue, senior vice president of government affairs at T-Mobile USA, noted that T-Mobile is already using Wi-Fi offloading to help it better manage capacity on its network.
A recent Senza Fili Consulting survey, sponsored by Radisys, found that 60 percent of cellular operators in North America are already deploying Wi-Fi offloading and 40 percent have plans to deploy it in the next two years.
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