Five Reasons Wi-Fi Will Overtake Traditional Telecoms

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Availability and Access – Consumers today are surrounded by Wi-Fi all day long. As more retailers adopt and offer free Wi-Fi access, mobile users are rarely outside range of a Wi-Fi connection. In cities across the nation, efforts are already in place to convert existing phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots, further broadening the range of connectivity. Additionally, the FAA recently announced that it will allow Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to be used below 10,000 feet. Since over-the-top (OTT) VoIP capabilities can be leveraged anywhere as long as Wi-Fi is available, consumers have the ability to make phone calls and send messages in more locations and less traditional environments.

According to a recent Pew study, smartphone users make up 55 percent of cell phone ownership and the number is continuing to grow. As most smartphone capabilities are dependent on access to an Internet connection, the need for a traditional wireless provider is becoming obsolete. Wi-Fi availability is on the rise and more over-the-top (OTT) communication applications are being developed daily. This slideshow features five considerations, identified by Steve Leonard, executive vice president and general manager at Bandwidth, for why Wi-Fi access will eventually replace traditional data plans.


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