Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Devicescape Scales its Curated Virtual Network of Wi-Fi Hotspots to 12 Million

Devicescape now has over 12 million Wi-Fi access points in its Curated Virtual Network (CVN) of hotspots.  The Devicescape CVN provides mobile operators, device partners, and active subscribers with curated access to quickly growing list of amenity Wi-Fi hotspots.


Devicescape, which is based in San Bruno, California, is now projecting that its CVN will grow from 12 million access points today to 100 million by the end of 2017.  The company modeled the CVN’s future size by analyzing growth patterns in conjunction with a detailed multi-country study including, but not limited to, the deployed-device-to-CVN-access-point discovery ratio, open versus secured hotspot ratios and the pace and actual growth in the number of amenity Wi-Fi hotspots occurring worldwide.

Devicescape's announced customers include Republic Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Cincinnati Bell, Bouygues Telecom and Flash Wireless, Intel and Microsoft.  Powered by Devicescape CVN data, Microsoft already launched the Data Sense application for Windows Phone 8 devices being used exclusively by Verizon in the U.S.

“Amenity Wi-Fi is an irreversible mega-trend and, increasingly, mobile operators are adding it to their heterogeneous network strategies,” said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. “As more venue owners offer complimentary Wi-Fi to their customers, operators have identified Wi-Fi as a key asset that can help elevate customer experience, magnify their mobile network and serve as a platform for offering new, creative services.”

“Moving into 2013, we expect to see significant international growth as operators around the globe strategize the best options to capitalize on mobile data demand and consider the ongoing challenge of retaining and growing a customer base that has ever increasing expectations for service availability, quality, and affordability,” said Fraser.

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