Mobile operators today have their work cut out for them. They are in a constant race to ensure capacity and coverage to an ever-increasing number of customers who are rapidly adopting smartphones and Wi-Fi-capable tablets. At the same time, there has been a significant boost in the use of data indoors. This is where Wi-Fi technology comes in: it can accomplish something called “cellular offload,” which is not only less expensive and widely available, it requires no licensing. Many mobile operators today engage in offloading traffic in high-demand areas by installing Wi-Fi hotspots to increase the performance and capacity of the network, while at the same time saving a little money.
To ensure that Wi-Fi networks are configured in the best way possible to keep quality high (and customers happy), many service providers use specialized Wi-Fi test equipment, a market that is in a rapid growth phase today, to attain optimum coverage. The growth is expected to lead to the development of innovative solutions, ensuring the steady growth of the global Wi-Fi test equipment market.
In fact, a new report from analyst group from Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) called “Analysis of the Global Wi-Fi Test Equipment Market,” has found that the market earned revenue of more than $190.1 million in 2012. This number is predicted to make a jump to $442.6 million in 2018.
"The ability for Wi-Fi test systems to identify high-demand service areas and improve customer experience by enhancing network capacity and performance, while lowering data delivery costs has accelerated their adoption," said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Program Manager Olga Yashkova-Shapiro in a statement announcing the new report.
It’s not just customer retention that mandates the use of Wi-Fi test equipment. According to Frost & Sullivan, the use of Wi-Fi in companies, small offices, hospitals within mission-critical devices such as new medical, smart meter and home automation applications has made the rigorous testing of Wi-Fi more crucial. Regulatory bodies are establishing standard testing protocols to ensure seamless operation and improved security between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, offering added opportunities for test equipment vendors.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman