In 2013 the use of WiFi hotspots continues to rise due to increasing popularity from smart phone and mobile device users. The status of WiFi technology is continuing to improve; creating a whole new range of opportunities in the WiFi market.
Smartphone users want faster, more ubiquitous and reliable connectivity, while operators are looking to squeeze every last bit of capacity out of their cellular networks. As a result, smarter WiFi is needed so that it can take on a more strategic role as part of the overall mobile network infrastructure. Ultimately users simply want the fastest and most reliable wireless connection they can get. This report provides insights into the WiFi sector including its role in the future, industry developments of note and brief information on other short range technologies.
In 2013 there are over 850,000 WiFi hotspots around the world; In 2012 the Wi-Fi Alliance released the Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint standard to automate logins; Growth of the WiFi carrier equipment market will be driven by mobile operators deploying carrier WiFi to offload a portion of their mobile data traffic.