Mobile + telecom
Digitimes Research: Development of Wi-Fi Only Phone service gaining momentum
Danny Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei
Thursday 12 March 2015

The launch of Google's Nova project and Cablevision's Freewheel services will help push the deployment of Cable Wi-Fi as well as the implementation of Wi-Fi Only Phone and Wi-Fi First telecom services, according to Digitimes Research.

Google has signed cooperation agreements with Sprint and T-Mobile, under which Google is expected to offer Wi-Fi-based wireless services in areas where it has offered Google Fiber services initially, with the Wi-Fi services can switched to 3G/LTE networks when necessary.

Meanwhile, Cablevision is enabling the Wi-Fi Only Phone service by adding Wi-Fi hotspots to the coaxial cables used by its cable TV services.

The latest Wi-Fi services initiated by Google and Cablevision are in line with the projection of the Wi-Fi Alliance, which said earlier that the deployment of Cable Wi-Fi networks and Wi-Fi First service will gain momentum in 2015, noted Digitimes Research.

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