Signs saying something similar are to be found in the most mundane locations: everywhere from tailor shops, to shopping centers, and even McDonald’s restaurants. In fact, it is getting pretty hard to find locations where Wi-Fi isn’t available—and if it isn’t where one happens to be, a smartphone can become a Wi-Fi hotspot. In many respects wireless broadband access is becoming an exercise in traveling between Wi-Fi locations.
The beauty of Wi-Fi, of course, is that it utilizes unlicensed spectrum to provide broadband connectivity. It is, therefore, unregulated (at least to the extent that a carrier must have a license to use it); and, because it is built into just about every mobile device, it is a technology consumers know and want.
Wi-Fi (for wireless fidelity) is exhibiting what happens in a market when a useful technology is introduced with an open architecture, low regulation and a clearly definable need. In fact Wi-Fi is one of the most quickly adopted technologies in history.
Now, Wi-Fi is poised to define mobile broadband in a way that was never anticipated when it was originally developed as an alternative to physical wiring in a manufacturing setting. As Wi-Fi continues to evolve, it will achieve levels of penetration that will allow consumers to access the Internet regardless of location.
About this report
This report reviews the state of the North American Wi-Fi market, examines the opportunities for growth, and explores the opportunities for non-traditional service providers in this area. This analysis will be of interest to network operators, wireless infrastructure vendors and over-the-top service providers.
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