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Carrier WiFi equipment market to octuple by 2017

The carrier WiFi equipment market will see an increase of nearly eight times and reach $2.2 billion by 2017

The carrier WiFi equipment market will reach nearly $2.2 billion in revenue by 2017.
The carrier WiFi equipment market will reach nearly $2.2 billion in revenue by 2017.

Revenue for carrier WiFi access points and controllers will grow more than eight times and reach nearly $2.2 billion in 2017. This will be at a level equivalent to almost half of the traditional enterprise or SoHo WiFi segments in the same period.

Carrier WiFi is WiFi that is provided as a service to mobile carriers. It can be owned and operated directly or indirectly by the carrier. The total market in 2011 included deployments by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir. These market shares will fluctuate as more mobile infrastructure vendors add WiFi to their offerings.
 
Nick Marshall, principal analyst, mobile networks, ABI research said: "While carrier Wi-Fi is still in relative infancy today, the drive by mobile operators to offload data traffic is providing a significant boost to this segment of the market. We believe that with standardisation initiatives well under way, like Hotspot 2.0 and the almost universal inclusion of Wi-Fi in every smartphone, PC, and tablet being built today, carrier controlled Wi-Fi is expected to see wide-scale adoption, especially in markets like North America, Japan, and South Korea."

Due to this trend, WiFi data traffic offloaded is estimated to grow around 30% by 2017.