Tag Archives: Wi-Fi

Are cable service providers on top of their Wi-Fi?

With more than eleven million cable-owned and operated hotspots deployed across the United States, you might ask the question, “how effective is their coverage?” Considering cable operators’ networks typically include residential, SMB and outdoor access points, we’re talking about a very large footprint that includes lots of coverage – and the potential for lots of gaps. As cable companies harden their fixed wireless networks, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand where coverage is great, where it’s good and where there’s room for improvement. As a comparison, for mobile network operators (MNOs), coverage is paramount – so much so, that they […]  More >>

Wi-Fi or Cellular? Optimizing customer network experience

Many cellular service providers build Wi-Fi networks to enhance capacity, coverage and reduce costs, due to their lower cost infrastructure compared to cellular networks. But in order for Wi-Fi to become a true, strategic carrier network and a part of the heterogenic network (HetNet), service providers must first enhance its quality of experience, making it more stable and predictable. If you were to walk down a street that has multiple Wi-Fi hotspots belonging to your cellular service provider, your phone would continually connect and disconnect to the Wi-Fi network as you move closer and further away from each hotspot. Naturally, […]  More >>

How Smart is Your Wi-Fi?

Some service providers still view Wi-Fi offload as a means of cost reduction and capacity management, but the real opportunity lies in the intelligence that can be gathered over the Wi-Fi network. Gaining insight into the network and the subscriber and using that information to create dynamic policies for preferred connections, differentiated offers and notifications provides a powerful mechanism to improve the user experience and create new business models for Wi-Fi service innovation.  More >>

A wish for a new kind of Wi-Fi

Dear service provider, I need a new kind of service from you – a premium quality Wi-Fi service. Everybody loves Wi-Fi. We already have it at home; we use it to connect to Internet over our DSL or cable. We let our friends share our home Wi-Fi, too. We access it on the go, using it at many public Wi-Fi hotspots. It works everywhere, and most of the time this public Wi-Fi is free. Or is it? We all glance far too quickly over terms and conditions and click “yes” on Wi-Fi signup pages, just to get “free” Wi-Fi access. […]  More >>

Service Provider Wi-Fi – Preventative Medicine or Vitamin Boost?

What do you think is the main objective behind service providers’ Wi-Fi strategy? Service differentiation – offload – monetization? We recently surveyed more than 30 global operators, and asked operators to rank the top three objectives for leveraging Wi-Fi in their future growth strategies. 40% identified service differentiation as their number one objective; with 30% identifying data offload as their top objective. If we had conducted the same survey a year ago, it’s highly likely that data offload would have resoundingly been cited as the main objective. It’s clear that offload still remains very important to operators as it delivers medicinal value in relieving congested mobile broadband networks. However, […]  More >>