Pyramid Research is advising Asian operators to integrate Wi-Fi into their networks to prepare for the increase in the mobile data traffic growth in future.Asia-Pacific is expected to represent 42.3% of global mobile data revenue by 2017, according to a new report from Pyramid Research titled “Wi-Fi Offloading in Asia Eases the Mobile Data Crunch for Operators.”
Emily Smith, research analyst at Pyramid Research notes that a large number of consumer devices already have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and shipments of devices with WLAN is expected to reach 1.2 billion in 2012 globally, and more than 2 billion by 2014.
Smith emphasizes that operators should work to add capacity to their networks to maintain an acceptable quality of service as the mobile broadband usage grows.
“The combination of rapidly increasing consumer use of mobile data that will soon outstrip the capacity of mobile cellular networks and the ubiquity of Wi-Fi in mobile devices will solidify Wi-Fi's position as an integral part of the telecom landscape,” said Smith.
Pyramid Research’s newly released report analyzes the business case for carrier-grade Wi-Fi and looks at financial reasons for deploying Wi-Fi.It also discusses different pressures that operators are facing that make Wi-Fi the most viable option.
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