With the increasing demand of wireless data, Wi-Fi is becoming the preferred network choice for the users. Wireless and cable operators are set to deploy over 325 million till 2018. As a result, data traffic offloading from 3G and 4G wireless networks is expected to increase multi folds and ease the network traffic and congestion issues.
To match the pace with this tremendous increase in the hotspots deployments worldwide, Carriers need to strategize to stay ahead of this Wi-Fi availability boom. A strategic Carrier Wi-Fi Platform that supports more seamless and secured connection to customers – will be the key to keeping up.
Many experts believe that Carrier Wi-Fi represents the future for Wi-Fi operators. So, how can operators ensure their Carrier Wi-Fi strategy is on track for success? Three Wi-Fi concepts that are sweeping the industry as listed by a leading wireless architect for a renowned research firm are as under. Operators can tap into these Wi-Fi building blocks to sharpen their strategies and ensure a high-quality, consistent user experience:
- Wi-Fi Multimedia Quality of Service (WMM QoS) is a Wi-Fi extension that classifies and prioritizes traffic types for users connected to hotspots based on application access type for e.g. Whether a user is accessing a high streaming bandwidth application like video or accessing chat messages, mail or voice, allocating the bandwidth as per application type thus allowing the user to have a better quality of service for multimedia access and deliver enhanced user experience.
- Wi-Fi 2.0 is an emerging new concept that enables secure and globally robust Wi-Fi roaming experience. This would allow users to seamlessly connect to a network and roam from one network to another without having to enter their login credentials.
- Multiband operations allow communication and messaging to take place between the access point and station. The access point will steer the station to a less congested channel or band which will ultimately provide a better experience for the user.
Exploring WMM QoS, Wi-Fi 2.0 and multiband operations will keep operators relevant and competitive in today’s evolving industry. A technologically evolved Service Management Platform supporting all the above functionality and supporting the strategic roll out for Service providers plays a key role. Service providers require a Wi-Fi platform which can enables differential QoS, support various roaming industry standards and interfaces as well as pre-integrated and highly interoperable at an access level for seamless operations. For Information on Carrier Wi-Fi Platform Click here.