Large cable MSOs (multi service Operators), together with
several major IT firms and telecom organizations, have formed an
alliance to free up spectrums in order to expand WiFi support
network in Washington D.C.
The major participants in this alliance called "WifiForward"
include Cable TV operators
Time Warner Cable Inc.
Charter Communications Inc.
), IT firms Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., and telecom
organization Consumer Electronics Association, among others.
"WifiForward" aims to protect and strengthen existing
unlicensed spectrums, free up new spectrums to use at several
different frequency bands and establish rules to encourage growth
and deployment of WiFi networks.
Recently, research firm WeFi Inc. reported that the number of
commercial WiFi hotspots is expected to reach 10.55 million in
2018 in the U.S. Earlier, WeFi had reported that the amount of
mobile data offloaded in WiFi networks had jumped a tremendous
875% in the U.S. in 2013.
Sharing of WiFi networks by cable TV operators is not new in
the U.S. In 2012, five cable large TV operators created a web
access network called "CableWiFi". The firms include Comcast,
Time Warner Cable,
Cablevision Systems Corp.
), Cox Communications Inc. and Bright House Networks LLC.
Subscribers of these cable MSOs can access the Internet
through laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices
through a nationwide shared network of more than 200,000 WiFi
hotspots in metro areas. This also allows the subscribers to
access the Internet from any location.
Cable MSOs throughout the U.S. are facing increasing
competition from telecom operators, satellite TV providers and
online video streaming service providers.
Roaming WiFi connectivity is likely to become a huge
opportunity for cable MSOs to minimize their respective customer
churn rate. In addition to retail consumers, the business
enterprises are likely to become major growth accelerators for
mobile WiFi hotspot.
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