Commenting that he's "not a big believer in the quad play," Gregg Siebert, CFO of Cablevision, said the cable company abandoned the notion of marketing a smartphone that would leverage cellular networks as well Cablevision's network of 80,000 hotspots.
Wi-Fi offloading is becoming a bigger factor in emerging markets as operators seek ways to handle the onslaught of data traffic impacting their mobile networks.
CableLabs licensed its Wi-Fi hotspot locator application to software vendor mPortal, which, in turn, will market the product to cable operators.
Deutsche Telekom plans to launch Germany's largest Wi-Fi network in partnership with crowdsourced Wi-Fi provider Fon.
AT&T Mobility's disclosure of key performance indicators from its thriving Wi-Fi business shed little light on just how much the operator's smartphone customers use its public Wi-Fi networks for offloading data traffic from the cellular network. But a company executive claims AT&T mobile device customers are active users of the company's Wi-Fi hotspots.
Mobile operators may want to reconsider their level of investment and commitment to the broader deployment of public Wi-Fi hotspots, based on a new report that finds smartphone users much prefer to access private or unmanaged Wi-Fi networks.
Devicescape predicts its global Wi-Fi hotspot network, which doubled during 2012 to reach 12 million access points--will expand to reach 100 million access points by the end of 2017.
Wi-Fi hotspots appear to have become an ingredient in churn reduction for Time Warner Cable, and the company is doubling down its Wi-Fi bet this year, with a particular focus on deploying more hotspots in New York City.
Cable MSO Cox Communications rolled out a network of 750 Wi-Fi hotspots for its high-speed Internet customers in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County and Fairfax City.
German telco incumbent Deutsche Telekom is close to making a large investment in Spanish Wi-Fi network aggregator Fon, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal . It is still too early to say how a resulting strategy could unfold, but Fon certainly could make an interesting Wi-Fi offload partner for a major service provider like DT.