Operators embrace Wi-Fi offloading, but have difficulty quantifying benefits

wifi offloadingOperators around the world have increasingly turned to Wi-Fi offloading to increase network capacity in the face of growing mobile data traffic. However, beyond stating that it works as a solution, operators that have embraced the offload concept have difficulty quantifying its ability to reduce 3G network congestion or solidly demonstrate its cost advantages. Generally speaking, though, the carriers that have aggressively embraced Wi-Fi offloading estimate that about 20 percent of their overall data traffic is riding over Wi-Fi networks. FierceBroadbandWireless takes a deep dive in the use and future of this technique. Special feature

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