Google Project Fi – New Era for Mobile Technology?

Google Project Fi

I view Google Project Fi as a disruptor, from both technology and business model standpoint, for three reasons:
1) For the first time, we are witnessing a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) piggybacking on multiple major national mobile carrier networks, in this case Sprint and T-Mobile.
2) And for the first time again, an operator is successfully marrying the cellular and Wi-Fi network in a fashion that has not been done before on this scale, at the same time being completely transparent and seamless to the end user
3) If Google Project Fi manages to seamlessly transfer (roam) both voice and data sessions from one carrier to another, that’s again another industry first.   Read more

ISP Network on the Home Side and the Role Wi-Fi May Play

ISP Network on the Home Side and the Role Wi-Fi May Play   (blog by Hemant Chaskar)

As the net neutrality debate rages, Hemant Chaskar delves into how ISP networks are organized. Not surprising he found that the ISP core network and service provisioning therein can get pretty complex. Additionally, he found that even at the access layer and in-home networking there are many technologies at work.   Read more

2015: The Year of Experience and Scale

Wi-Fi Scalability and Engagement in 2015

Scale versus Scalability: They are different notions. Scale is mostly about numbers, but scalability incorporates business enablement in addition to scale.

In the Wi-Fi industry, we’ve always talked about “scalability at the edge” which is about higher wireless speeds, more clients served, high density and so on. This will continue to be important in 2015 as more applications and clients connect to Wi-Fi.

However, there is another scalability requirement that is becoming increasingly important in some verticals. I call it “scalability behind the edge” and I think that it will be a hot topic in 2015.

What is “scalability behind the edge”?   Read more

How Long Will Wi-Fi Protect You from Carrier Monetization Programs?

Do Carriers Track You?

In the last couple of weeks, several reports on carriers’ plans and practices to track and analyze their mobile web traffic caught the attention of consumers and privacy watchers.

According to media reports, US and international carriers are experimenting with inserting unique identifiers into the data traffic flowing between your smart phone and websites you visit.   Read more

Suddenly, Everyone Attacks Monetization – Wi-Fi Offload Summit, Day 1

Monitize Tree

The Wi-Fi Offload Summit is taking place in Palo Alto through today, June 19. Lots of interesting perspectives on what Wi-Fi offload is, Wi-Fi monetization and how to go about it, along with privacy discussions and the future of mobile network operators. The number of solutions (and vendors) in the Wi-Fi monetization space seem to… Read More

Wi-Fi Offload Summit: Who Will Monetize Your Brand?

Making Money with Wifi

With the theme of “Monetize Thyself!” AirTight speakers will tackle issues of real-time business intelligence, user engagement and creating value from Wi-Fi investments. Update: Please see our recap of Day 1: Suddenly, Everyone Attacks Wi-Fi Monetization.   In today’s environment even the non-traditional telecom companies are jumping into the big data and monetization fray, as… Read More