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Global revenue for carrier Wi-Fi access points and controllers will reach US$2.2 billion in 2017, according to ABI Research. The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless and Ericsson/BelAir.As traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate. 



Carrier Wi-Fi is defined as Wi-Fi that is provided as a service to mobile carrier customers, owned and operated directly or indirectly by the carrier. For example, a third party hotspot provider. Nick Marshall, ABI’s principal analyst, mobile networks, comments, “While carrier Wi-Fi is still in relative infancy today, the drive by mobile operators to offload data traffic is providing a boost to this segment of the market.”


The rollout of carrier Wi-Fi has been hampered until now by the lack of standards which make the process seamless and transparent for the subscriber. “We believe with standardization initiatives under way, like Hotspot 2.0 and the inclusion of Wi-Fi in smartphone, PC and tablet, carrier controlled Wi-Fi is expected to see wide-scale adoption in markets like North America, Japan and South Korea,” Marshall explains.

Furthermore, the use of increasingly sophisticated connection managers, which aggressively seek out validated Wi-Fi access in accordance with the service provider’s policies, will accelerate this trend. If this trend continues, the carrier Wi-Fi data traffic offloaded is expected to grow to approximately 30% by 2017.

-------ABI Research

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