Wi-Fi networks will carry almost 60 per cent of mobile data traffic by 2019, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
The data traffic from smartphone and tablets will reach over 115,000PB (Petabytes) by 2019, compared to under 30,00PB this year. That’s almost a four-fold increase.
The research found that mobile data offload, [data migration from a mobile network to a Wi-Fi network], offers several key benefits to industry stakeholders. Offload not only addresses the issue of patchy coverage, but also has the potential for the creation of new services such as VoWi-Fi (Wi-Fi Calling) and to increase the usage of existing 3G/4G services.
However, research author Nitin Bhas warned: “Operators need to deploy own Wi-Fi zones in problematic areas or partner with Wi-Fi hotspot operators and aggregators such as iPass and Boingo.”