The cloud-managed WiFi market has become a major growth driver
for telecom operators as increasing number of large and mid-sized
business enterprises are adopting this technology.
According to a recent report by IDC, worldwide cloud-managed
infrastructure and managed services revenues are estimated to
reach $653 million in 2014 and might scale up to $2.5 billion by
Large business enterprises generally have point of presence
throughout the world. A strong and robust wireless network is
mandatory for these companies to always remain connected with its
Cloud-managed WiFi network has become the most efficient
technology for these large business houses. This technology
offers several advantages including central manageability,
smaller physical footprint and linear scalability.
Recently, 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 the WiFi
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.
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 a new
trend in the U.S. In 2012, five cable large TV operators,namely,
Comcast, Time Warner Cable,
Cablevision Systems Corp.
), Cox Communications Inc. and Bright House Networks LLC. created
a web access network called "CableWiFi."
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