Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape said it struck a deal with the Competitive Carriers Association for CCA's members, which are mainly smaller and rural carriers, to use its Curated Wi-Fi offload solution.
The teaming will let CCA members get access to Wi-Fi offload technology, which the association said could help keep network expenses down since launching proprietary Wi-Fi networks "may require cost-prohibitive capital expenditure[s]."
Separately, Devicescape said inked an agreement with Leap Wireless' (NASDAQ:LEAP) Cricket to let Cricket access its Curated Wi-Fi service. AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), which is not a CCA member, has announced plans to acquire Leap. AT&T has its own extensive Wi-Fi network. In the past, Devicescape has struck deals mainly with smaller carriers such as U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM), C Spire and MetroPCS, which is now a part of T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS).
Devicescape's Curated Virtual Network (CVN) includes more than 16 million public Wi-Fi hotspots. Its Curator Service allows users to gain automatic access to the company's hotspots, which are continuously tested in real time.
Devicescape's Curator Client, working together with the Curator Service Platform in the cloud, is designed to identify the best available connection at any given time and connect to it, resulting in increased overall Wi-Fi usage.
Earlier this year, Devicescape predicted 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. The company has announced its intentions to expand aggressively in Europe and a few other select regions over the next year, enabling its CVN to reach 26 million European hotspots by the end of 2017.
- see these two Devicescape releases
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