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Carrier WiFi set to enjoy big spend

Posted By TelecomTV One , 20 June 2012 | 2 Comments | (0)
Tags: ABI WiFi Ericsson ruckus Cisco belair carrier wifi offload Smartphones Ian Scales

Carrier WiFi is sitting on the runway ready to take-off: infrastructure spend is expected to reach US$2.2 billion by 2017 as mobile operators look to WiFi offload to de-congest their cell networks. By Ian Scales.

Researcher, ABI,  projects a significant spending spree by carriers on WiFi access points and controllers so that by 2017 Carrier WiFi will be almost half the size of the traditional enterprise or consumer/SoHo Wi-Fi segments.

Carriers have been mulling WiFi as an offload option for several years, but until now the market has been held back by lack of appropriate standards -  particularly around 'seamless' connection. Now new standards   - in particular Hotspot 2.0 - are coming to fruition with major announcements and certification initiatives expected very soon (keep watching this space). 


The industry is poised to expand fast as both carriers and 'third party' hotspot operators invest to boost their capacity in hotspot areas and use WiFi to do it.


ABI points out that a combination of the new standards and the now near universal incorporation of WiFi onto devices - from smartphones to tablets, music players, cameras and  TVs - will see a rapid roll-out of  Carrier WiFi infrastructure.

"The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir, and as traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate," says ABI.

"Carrier controlled Wi-Fi is expected to see wide-scale adoption, especially in markets like North America, Japan, and South Korea. Additionally, the use of increasingly sophisticated connection managers, which aggressively seek out validated WiFi access in accordance with the service provider's policies, will accelerate this trend. As a result carrier Wi-Fi data traffic offloaded is expected to grow to around 30 per cent by 2017."

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(1) 22 June 2012 16:30:39 by Francis McInerney

Ian, "infrastructure spend?" Say it ain't so!

Has the last bastion of literacy in our sector fallen in the hail of barbarian arrows and shot? Have the walls of our England finally fallen to the illiterati? What now? Will all our gerunds be neutered? Will all our infinitives be split? Will our definite articles be slaughtered to the last? Will our prepositions be forced to march starving to the ends of sentences, there to die?

Good King Harry would answer:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture let us swear
That you are worth your breeding which I doubt not
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

(2) 25 June 2012 11:59:29 by Ian Scales

Oh dear - sorry Francis. Society is to blame. When all around are nounising their verbs what's a simple hack to do? And look, I've just verbised my noun... is there no end to this insanity?