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Digitimes Research: Development of Wi-Fi Only Phone service gaining momentum
Danny Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

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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