U.S. Wi-Fi Offload Traffic Forecast, 2014 - 2019: Uh-oh 5G!
This market study presents iGR’s forecast for U.S. Wi-Fi Offload, which iGR defines as only that Wi-Fi activity/usage that occurs outside of home/school/work. Put another way, it is the “mobile data” that does not go over the cellular data network.
iGR has three categories for Wi-Fi Offload, which include:
- 1. Wi-Fi Only: Data traffic that occurs on Wi-Fi-only devices on Wi-Fi networks outside of the home or office on. So, a Wi-Fi-only laptop connected via Wi-Fi in Starbucks would be “Wi-Fi Only” traffic. But, that same laptop tethered to a smartphone’s LTE connection would count as mobile/cellular data usage.
- 2. User Driven: A subscriber/end user who chooses a Wi-Fi connection rather than use their 3G/4G mobile broadband connection. If the non-home/non-work Wi-Fi network did not exist, this traffic would have gone over the mobile operator’s cellular data network. This is the predominant form of Wi-Fi offload today.
- 3. Carrier Driven: This is data traffic that the operator steers from its 3G/4G RAN to a carrier-managed Wi-Fi network.
This market study provides an overview of Wi-Fi, its key standards, how it will be affected by upcoming 5G standards, and the recent developments related to it. It also provides a five-year forecast for the number of connections and the amount of data for the three types of Wi-Fi Offload, as defined by iGR.
Key Questions Answered
- What is Wi-Fi?
- Where is the Wi-Fi standard headed?
- How is Wi-Fi used?
- What is Wi-Fi offload?
- What is the difference between user-driven Wi-Fi offload and carrier-driven Wi-Fi offload?
- What are some of the key standards efforts associated with Wi-Fi offload?
- What are the potential benefits associated with Wi-Fi offload?
- What are the potential issues associated with Wi-Fi offload?
- What is Wi-Fi only? How is it commonly used?
- How much Wi-Fi offload traffic is expected through 2019 in North America?
- What percentage of total “mobile” data traffic is Wi-Fi traffic in North America?
Who Should Read
- Mobile operators, including those with Wi-Fi networks
- Device OEMs
- Content providers and distributors
- Cable MSOs and those offering Wi-Fi services
- Financial analysts and investors.
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- iGR’s Usage Categories
- When Are Devices Typically Used
- Types of Wi-Fi Networks
- Types of Wi-Fi Business Models
- Types of Wi-Fi Offload
- Why offload?
- Adoption of Offload
- Benefits of Wi-Fi Offload
- Potential Issues with Wi-Fi Offload
- Wi-Fi News & Standards
- Brief Overview of Key Wi-Fi Standards
- Passpoint / Hotspot 2.0
- Wi-Fi Related News
- Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
- Drivers of Wi-Fi Offload
- Barriers to Wi-Fi Offload
- Assumptions by Type of Wi-Fi Offload
- Wi-Fi Only Assumptions
- User-driven Assumptions
- Carrier-driven Assumptions
- Wi-Fi Offload Forecast
- Wi-Fi Vendor Profiles
- Alcadis ISP Solutions
- Anyfi Networks
- Aptilo Networks
- Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
- Bright House Networks, LLC
- Cablevision Systems Corporation
- Comcast Corporation
- Cox Communications
- NetScout Systems
- Ruckus Wireless
- Time Warner Cable
- Verizon Wireless
- Device Types
- Network Technology
- About iGR
List of Tables
- Table 1: Wi-Fi Offload Connections, 2014-2019
- Table 2: Wi-Fi Offload Data Traffic, 2014-2019
- Table 3: Wi-Fi Offload Data as Percent of Mobile Data, 2014-2019
List of Charts and Figures
- Figure A: Wi-Fi Offload in Context of Mobile Data Usage, 2014-2019
- Figure 1: Wi-Fi Offload Connections, 2014-2019
- Figure 2: Wi-Fi Offload Data Traffic, 2014-2019
- Figure 3: Wi-Fi Offload as Percent of Mobile Data, 2014-2019
- Figure 4: Anyfi HOTSPOT solution
- Figure 5: Anyfi SIMPLE solution
- Figure 6: Anyfi MOBILE solution
For additional information on the U.S. Wi-Fi Offload Traffic Forecast, 2014 - 2019: Uh-oh 5G! market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.