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Industry Survey Reveals a Fifth of Operators Surveyed Plan to Launch Next Generation Hotspots by End of 2013

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Why is deploying Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) so important for operators? Because the technology will make it easier for the end user to access Wi-Fi Hotspots and experience improved ease of access and security. The industry is moving towards new standards like NGH and according to the WBA Wi-Fi Industry Survey and Report (released today, November 5th), a fifth of operators surveyed plan to launch NGH by end of 2013. These deployments will  help operators understand how they can make a return on NGH-related investment to ensure this technology reaches its full potential.

The WBA Wi-Fi Industry Survey also predicts growth in outdoor Wi-Fi access. In the Wi-Fi industry, there is now an ongoing commitment from operators to integrate Wi-Fi into their overall mobile broadband portfolio which is an extension of their investment into public Wi-Fi over the last 12 months. Some operators are seeing as much as 75% of traffic in the home being carried over a Wi-Fi network, compared to just 5% outdoors. However, as connecting to a public Wi-Fi network becomes easier, the percentage of Wi-Fi access outdoors is expected to grow.


The WBA's Wi-Fi Industry Report in conjunction with Informa Telecoms and Media is based on a survey of 386 respondents from the Wi-Fi eco-system, the largest proportion being integrated operators. Download the Report today!

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