July 22, 2013
With more mobile network operators using Wi-Fi to complement their radio access networks, one begs the question: how’s “carrier Wi-Fi” different from the one I have at home? What exactly is “carrier Wi-Fi”?
While there is no proper, or exact, definition for carrier Wi-Fi, I think it’s more important to realize that the definition has been evolving with time. Personally, I think carrier Wi-Fi is focused on two tracks. First, provide the mobile subscriber a better user experience including easy access to the Wi-Fi network and better quality of service; and second, enable the service provider to scale and manage a network of Wi-Fi access points that can reach into the tens even hundreds of thousands of units. From this point of view, carrier Wi-Fi opens a wide door for differentiation in both equipment ecosystem and service offering. Read more of this post