CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators in Asia should begin to integrate Wi-Fi into their networks in the next couple years in order to prepare for the onslaught of mobile data traffic growth, as Asia-Pacific is expected to represent 42.3% of global mobile data revenue by 2017, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com).
Wi-Fi Offloading in Asia Eases the Mobile Data Crunch for Operators analyzes the business case for carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Pyramid Research looks at financial reasons for deploying Wi-Fi, different pressures that operators are facing that make Wi-Fi the most viable option and discuss why Wi-Fi will coexist with LTE rather than be phased out by the newest cellular standard. Pyramid also discusses other types of corporate and government entities, including fixed providers and others, that are driving Wi-Fi deployments.
"As mobile broadband usage grows, operators must work to add capacity to their networks to maintain an acceptable quality of service," says Emily Smith, Research Analyst at Pyramid Research. An important advantage of Wi-Fi over other solutions to ease the bandwidth crunch is that many consumer devices already have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity; industry estimates indicate that shipments of devices with WLAN will reach 1.2 billion in 2012 globally, and more than 2 billion by 2014. "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," she adds.
Wi-Fi Offloading in Asia Eases the Mobile Data Crunch for Operators is part of Pyramid Research's Telecom Insider Report Series and is priced at $595. Download an excerpt or purchase the report here. For more information, contact Jarka Justova (for those in EMEA or Asia-Pacific) or Juan Gobbi (for those in Latin America or North America).
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