Devicescape Targets 100M Hotspots By 2017
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Devicescape today announced that its Curated Virtual Network (CVN) of amenity Wi-Fi hotspots—the largest in the world—doubled during 2012 and is expected to grow from 12 million access points today to 100 million by the end of 2017. Spurred by Devicescape’s patented Curator machine-learning technology and a growing list of mobile operator customers, device partners, and active subscribers, 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. Just in the past six months, mobile operators Republic Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Cincinnati Bell, Bouygues Telecom and Flash Wireless, and device partners Intel and Microsoft have signed on to benefit from Devicescape’s rapidly expanding CVN. By leveraging the Devicescape CVN and the Wi-Fi Offload Service, the operators have been able to expand the capacity-reach of their network footprint virtually overnight and elevate the end-user experience to offer far more data to their customers at the lowest possible cost of delivery. Microsoft and Intel have also endorsed the Devicescape service by offering breakthrough connectivity solutions to their customers. 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.” Devicescape Software Inc.