Wi-Fi has had a checkered history with operators sometimes embracing the technology and other times disregarding it as an unreliable, spotty coverage network access method. Certainly the growth of mobile broadband over the past two years demonstrates that Wi-Fi network access has not served the needs of business customers, the primary buyers of cellular mobile broadband access for laptop devices. Mobile broadband has a much larger coverage footprint that is tremendously valuable to the business customer who does not want to be inconvenienced with trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot. But with AT&T’s purchase of Wayport’s worldwide hotspot network, Wi-Fi was on at least one operator’s Christmas list, prompting other operators to ask whether they should take a different approach to Wi-Fi.
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