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Salah Nassar and Steve Hratko | Jan. 2, 2014
Ruckus Wireless executives share their perspectives on the evolving trends in Wireless

Top Wi-Fi Trends – 2014 Predictions for the Enterprise

by Salah Nassar, Senior Manager – Enterprise Product Marketing, Ruckus Wireless

1. 802.11ac Access Point (AP) adoption will increase, mainly driven by more 802.11ac-enabled devices, and as vendors release lower cost 2x2 802.11ac APs.

2. Cloud solutions for Wi-Fi management and services will continue to provide 'out of reach' enterprise technology for the SME.

3. Wi-Fi based location analytics will play a bigger role for organizations to increase business intelligence, define security policy, and improve customer/user Wi-Fi experience.

4. Analytics will become more important specifically to correlate the myriad data points from clients (locations, apps, device type, trending, etc.).

5. We'll see a continuation of adoption and integration of BYOD solutions and device management.

6. Hotspot 2.0 will get traction in the Enterprise as another means to provide Wi-Fi access as Passpoint-certified/ready smartphones make their way into the marketplace.

7. Social media (Facebook, Google+) as user log-in credentials for Wi-Fi will be pervasive among organizations providing guest access.

Top Wi-Fi Trends – 2014 Predictions for Carriers/Service Providers

by Steve Hratko, Director of Service Provider/Carrier Marketing, Ruckus Wireless

1. Large scale Hotspot 2.0 roaming consortiums will become a reality.  They will allow automatic and secure connectivity to Wi-Fi networks with tens of thousands of roaming partners and millions of APs.  Most of these partners will consist of public venues who have extensive indoor Wi-Fi deployments.

2. Enterprises continue to look to service providers for a managed Wi-Fi service to address issues with network complexity, new services, and a skills shortage in many IT shops.

3. Location based services will become a profitable piece of the enterprise managed services opportunity.

4. Seamless Wi-Fi handoff will become a reality with technologies like 802.11r and 802.11k making their way into mobile devices and APs.  No longer will smartphones try to cling to the AP that they associated with even as the user moves into another coverage area.  This will allow Wi-Fi to emulate the seamless handoff experience that we all enjoy with cellular services.

5. Cable MSOs worldwide will continue to aggressively embrace Wi-Fi technology as a way to fend off over-builders, add to their service package, and grab the best locations.  This will also set the stage for roaming relationships with MNOs in the future.

6. Work continues on the convergence of Wi-Fi and LTE small cells, but small cells are unlikely to emerge in large numbers before 2015.

7. Carrier class Wi-Fi management systems start to catch up to carrier class Wi-Fi network infrastructure.


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