By 2014, global shipments of core home networking equipment and network-enabled media devices will exceed one billion units, according to ABI Research. But wifi is expected to remain the most common technology used to connect these media devices.
Elitecore Technologies, the global provider of Wi-Fi Service Management Platform, announced its support for Hospitality Wi-Fi business model for Service Providers, offering a centralized bundled solution with complete Wi-Fi access infrastructure and internet connectivity on a Managed Services platform. Apart from hospitality, the Elitecore Wi-Fi SMP solution enables operators cater to different business models such as Enterprise, Residential, Mobile Data Offload, Inter-carrier wholesale, Hotspot and Location aware services.
The Portuguese cableco’s Executive Director Luis Lopes gives his thoughts on the growing importance of over-the-top (OTT) services to ZON Multimedia, and the business models he expects to support ubiquitous wifi.
Data traffic demand is growing rapidly in the wake of operator strategies to encourage mobile broadband adoption. As a result, the industry is talking about offload as a solution but one which takes many forms, leaving many operators unsure of which path to take. The business case for Wi-Fi is evolving, and not just for data offload but also voice and messaging, offering an opportunity for the deeper integration of Wi-Fi with the operator’s service portfolio. However, what are the issues and friction points that operators might envisage, and how might they be overcome?