Monday, June 20, 2011

Devicescape: Smartphones Average 35-40% Offload to Wi-Fi

On average, smartphones are making 8 Wi-Fi connections per day and offloading a huge amount of data traffic from the mobile network infrastructure to the cheaper and faster Wi-Fi connection, according to Devicescape, which offers an open Wi-Fi offload solution for mobile operators and device manufacturers.

Devicescape surveyed 1 million smartphones and their data-roaming patterns from cellular to WiFi. The smartphones, with built-in technology that intelligently offloads data from cellular to WiFi, illustrated the following:

  • On average, each handset performed eight WiFi sessions a day or 240 in a month, averaging an offload of 35 percent to 40 percent.

  • High-usage devices saw rates as high as 70 percent.

  • The aggregate data offload was more than 100MB per device per month — a total of 100 terabytes.

Devicescape said this data illustrates how service providers are currently using Wi-Fi to provide a better customer experience. Additionally, by turning to Wi-Fi, carriers have been able to significantly reduce their capital and operating expenditure.

"Offloading to WiFi and the Devicescape Virtual WiFi Network in particular enables operators to take complete advantage of a massive, global WiFi network. By turning to WiFi, carriers can provide their customers with the ultimate experience and save money," said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. "Devicescape is honored to be working with carriers from around the world."

The Devicescape Virtual WiFi Networks currently has 1 million hotspots, and it continues to grow daily. Hotspot locations are worldwide with a concentration in dense, urban areas. Most popular countries to date are:

1. United States

2. China

3. United Kingdom

4. France

5. Germany

6. Russia

7. South Korea

8. Japan

9. Sweden

10. Switzerland

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