Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Radisys: Strong Carrier Interest in Small Cells, Wi-Fi Offload, VoLTE

Small cell networks will be widely deployed by mobile operators worldwide over the next two years, according to a global operator survey commissioned by Radisys and undertaken by wireless analysts Senza Fili Consulting, ahead of Mobile World Congress 2012. In fact, 100% of surveyed operators in Europe and Asia intend to deploy small cell networks within two years, while 100% of North American operators will do so in three years' time.

Some key highlights from the survey:

  • 86% of all operators surveyed support VoLTE

  • 82% of all operators surveyed support Wi-Fi offload

  • 82% of all operators surveyed believe new mobile devices will have a positive impact on revenues and subscriber experience

  • 71% of all operators surveyed viewed new mobile devices as the most disruptive force in the next three years
  • In North America, the most disruptive force will be VoLTE. In Europe, it will be new mobile devices, and in Asia Pacific, it will be, jointly, Wi-Fi offload, small cells and TDD/FDD hybrid networks, with devices in second.

  • 58% of all operators surveyed believe LTE Advanced will have a highly positive impact on revenues and subscriber experience; 66% agree that it will not happen for three years.

"Devices will continue to be the main driver to change in our industry," comments Monica Paolini of Senza Fili Consulting. "They have fundamentally changed the way subscribers use mobile broadband - why they use it, what they do with it, and how much traffic they generate. Yet, there is a pervasive feeling that we have just started to scratch the surface."

More on the Radisys website.

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