Carrier WiFi is hotter than the hottest hotspot – and the expected attendance at next week’s Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi Conference in London is just another “signal” that in the world of signaling, it’s mission critical to respond to exponential increases in network traffic.
Service providers I’ve been speaking with in many different regions share one goal: the don’t want their customers to leave their networks (which can cause reduction in revenues and attrition to “OTT” alternatives).
That’s the real reason why interest and investments in Carrier WiFi have been one of the big stories of 2015.
A recent report from Infonetics Research (Carrier Wi-Fi Equipment Report) paints an interesting picture of this fast growing market along with their views on the major vendors.
Infonetics reports that operator spending, particularly by large tier-1s, drove the global carrier Wi-Fi equipment revenue to $336 million in 2Q 2014, 23 percent higher than the first half of 2014. Beyond that, Infonetics presents an astounding forecast that by the end of 2015 sales in this domain will have increased 88%!
“In addition to the demand for offload and broadband enhancement, there are technology innovations such as 802.11ac and Hotspot 2.0, and service opportunities like data analytics, location-based services and Wi-Fi roaming that are driving deployment,” said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research, in the company’s news release.
We are well on our way toward a “broadband everywhere” world, and with better interconnection technologies between cellular, WiFi and fixed networks, service providers can keep their customers “on-net” 24/7. More and more signaling is required, and separation of media and signaling will advance the ability of service providers to meet the constantly growing demands more effectively and cost-efficiently.
Looking forward to incredible content on this and small cells integrated with WiFi at the conference next week, and to meeting up with the top minds in this space, June 9 – 11. GENBAND will be at Stand 16, demonstrating our Wireless Access Gateway and sharing information about implementations we’ve been honored to deploy with some large carriers over the last few years.