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Carrier Wi-Fi and Mobile Offload: Small Cells, NGH, Hotspot 2, and ANDSF

With mobile operators feeling the squeeze with spectrum and data capacity, they are looking at alternative options to relieve some of the smartphone-related demand and congestion in networks. Wi-Fi, a much loathed technology by mobile operators a few years back, is making a comeback as an offload mechanism for mobile networks. Wi-Fi is embedded in 99% of the smartphones today and with smartphone Wi-Fi usage climbing, W-Fi in mobile networks has become hot. Industry bodies like the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Broadband Alliance are pushing for standard specifications like Hotspot 2.0, which would make Wi-Fi connectivity more seamless and easy to use. The vendor market place is getting interesting as well, with both traditional Wi-Fi vendors and non-traditional ones. Wi-Fi hotspot providers and cable operators with a Wi-Fi footprint are also aligning themselves around this opportunity. It remains to be seen who will win in this market and who might get acquired with ample opportunities at hand. This report examines the commercial and technical aspects of carrier offload, with an emphasis on carrier Wi-Fi. The report profiles 24 of the leading vendors, network operators, and technology providers in the carrier Wi-Fi ecosystem.

Table of Contents

  • Top Line Forecast
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
  • 2. SUMMARY
    • 2.1. Carrier Wi-Fi
    • 2.2. Challenges
    • 2.3. Market Forecasts
    • 2.4. Vendor Market Share
    • 2.5. Recommendations
      • 2.5.1. Recommendations for Mobile Operators
      • 2.5.2. Recommendations for Wi-Fi Network Providers
      • 2.5.3. Recommendations for OEMs
      • 2.5.4. Recommendations for Technology/Solutions Providers
  • 3. INTRODUCTION, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND METHODOLOGY
    • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.1.1. Definitions
      • 3.1.2. Explosion in Mobile Data
      • 3.1.3. Mobile Data Growth Drivers
      • 3.1.4. Global Mobile Data Traffic, 2012 to 2017
      • 3.1.5. Mobile Data Is a Problem
      • 3.1.6. Indoor Usage
      • 3.1.7. More Spectrum?
      • 3.1.8. What About 4G and 5G?
      • 3.1.9. How Operators Are Responding
    • 3.2. Recommendations
      • 3.2.1. Recommendations for Mobile Operators
      • 3.2.2. Recommendations for Wi-Fi Network Providers
      • 3.2.3. Recommendations for OEMs
      • 3.2.4. Recommendations for Technology/Solutions Providers
  • 4. MARKET ISSUES
    • 4.1. Cost and Effort of Integrating Wi-Fi into Mobile Networks
    • 4.2. Client, OS, and Device-side Issues
    • 4.3. How Important Is Policy Integration to Carrier Wi-Fi?
    • 4.4. How Do We Solve the Highly Segregated Nature of Wi-Fi Access Infrastructure?
    • 4.5. What Business Models Can We Expect around Carrier Wi-Fi?
    • 4.6. Does LTE Stop Carrier Wi-Fi Momentum?
  • 5. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 5.1. Forecast Methodology
    • 5.2. Carrier Wi-Fi Access Points
      • 5.2.1. Hotspot Type by Region and Indoor Versus Outdoor Carrier Wi-Fi Access Points
    • 5.3. Carrier Wi-Fi Core Gateways
    • 5.4. Carrier Wi-Fi Vendor Market Share
  • 6. TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
    • 6.1. Introduction
      • 6.1.1. Choke Points
      • 6.1.2. RAN Congestion ("Traffic Tides")
      • 6.1.3. Signaling Problem ("Signaling Storms")
    • 6.2. Comparative Offload Technologies
      • 6.2.1. Wi-Fi Offloading & Free Wi-Fi
      • 6.2.2. Carrier Wi-Fi
      • 6.2.3. Small Cells
      • 6.2.4. Caching/Mobile CDNs
      • 6.2.5. Compression
      • 6.2.6. Combinations
    • 6.3. Carrier Wi-Fi Network Management Systems
    • 6.4. Enabling Technologies
      • 6.4.1. IWLAN
      • 6.4.2. ANDSF
      • 6.4.3. WISPr
      • 6.4.4. Core Offload - LIPA, SIPTO & IFOM
      • 6.4.5. Hotspot 2.0
      • 6.4.6. Hotspot 2.0 Network Discovery - IEEE 802.11u
      • 6.4.7. Hotspot 2.0 Encryption - IEEE 802.11i
      • 6.4.8. Hotspot 2.0 Authentication - IEEE 802.1x
      • 6.4.9. IEEE 802.1x - EAP-TLS
      • 6.4.10. IEEE 802,1x - EAP-SIM
      • 6.4.11. IEEE 802.1x - EAP Authentication and Key Agreement
      • 6.4.12. IEEE 802.1x - EAP Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling
      • 6.4.13. Mobility Services Advertisement Protocol
      • 6.4.14. Connection Managers
      • 6.4.15. How Hotspot 2.0 Works
      • 6.4.16. Handover
      • 6.4.17. How Does the Handset Select between Wi-Fi and 3G?
  • 7. STANDARDS BODIES
    • 7.1. Wi-Fi Alliance
    • 7.2. Wireless Broadband Alliance
  • 8. COMPETITIVE ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW
    • 8.1. Methodology
    • 8.2. Innovation
    • 8.3. Implementation
  • 9. VENDOR MATRIX FOR EQUIPMENT VENDORS
    • 9.1. Innovation
    • 9.2. Implementation
    • 9.3. OEMs
      • 9.3.1. Alcatel-Lucent
      • 9.3.2. Aruba Networks, Inc.
      • 9.3.3. Cisco Systems Inc.
      • 9.3.4. Ericsson AB
      • 9.3.5. Nokia Siemens Networks B.V.
      • 9.3.6. Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
  • 10. MARKET SHARE FOR EQUIPMENT VENDORS
  • 11. WI-FI NETWORK PROVIDERS
    • 11.1. AT&T Wireless (AT&T, Inc.)
    • 11.2. Boingo Wireless, Inc.
    • 11.3. Devicescape Software, Inc.
    • 11.4. Fon Wireless, Ltd.
    • 11.5. Free Mobile
    • 11.6. iPass, Inc.
    • 11.7. Towerstream Corporation
  • 12. TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS
    • 12.1. Accuris Networks
    • 12.2. Aptilo Networks
    • 12.3. Birdstep Technology ASA
    • 12.4. Greenpacket
    • 12.5. Intel Corporation
    • 12.6. Kineto Wireless
    • 12.7. Nomadix, Inc.
    • 12.8. Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    • 12.9. Stoke, Inc.
    • 12.10. WeFi, Inc.
  • 13. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 14. ACRONYMS
  • 15. LINKS TO RELATED RESEARCH
    • 15.1. Sources and Methodology
    • 15.2. Notes

Charts

  1. Carrier Wi-Fi Access Point Shipment Forecast, by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017
  2. Carrier Wi-Fi Annual Revenue Share by Vendor, World Market, 2011
  3. Mobile Network Data Traffic, by Type
  4. Mobile Network Data Traffic, by Region
  5. Mobile Network Data Traffic offloaded on Wi-Fi, by Region
  6. Mobile Network Data Traffic offloaded on Wi-Fi, by Deployment Type
  7. Mobile Network Data Traffic per Subscriber
  8. Carrier Wi-Fi Access Point Shipment Forecast, by Region
  9. Carrier Wi-Fi Controller Shipment Forecast, by Region
  10. Carrier Wi-Fi Annual Revenue Share by Vendor

Figures

  1. Equipment Vendors Vendor Matrix Rankings: Innovation Versus Implementation
  2. Alcatel-Lucent: Innovation Versus Implementation
  3. Alcatel-Lucent Innovation and Implementation Scores
  4. Aruba Networks: Innovation Versus Implementation
  5. Aruba Networks Innovation and Implementation Scores
  6. Cisco Systems: Innovation Versus Implementation
  7. Cisco Systems Innovation and Implementation Scores
  8. Ericsson: Innovation Versus Implementation
  9. Ericsson/BelAir Networks Innovation and Implementation Scores
  10. Nokia Siemens Networks: Innovation Versus Implementation
  11. Nokia Siemens Networks Innovation and Implementation Scores
  12. Ruckus Wireless: Innovation Versus Implementation
  13. Ruckus Innovation and Implementation Scores
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Research Information

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  • Publish Date 2Q 2012
  • Research Type Research Report Report
  • Code RR-MOFF-12
  • Pages 86
  • Tables 14
  • Charts 10
  • Figures 16
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