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14% of service usage will be delivered by Wi-Fi and femtocells by 2014

Photograph of Alastair BrydonIndoor systems will support an increasing proportion of total service usage on mobile devices, with WiFi access points and femtocells deployed more widely. Indoor wireless systems will be a core part of the delivery platform for 3G operators and they will use both WiFi and femtocells to deliver services through fixed broadband connections.

By the end of 2014, the proportion of service usage delivered using these systems will be 13.1% for 3G USB modems and datacards, 11.2% for smartphones and 15.4% for basic phones.

Chart showing the proportion of mobile service usage delivered by indoor systems from 2008 to 2014

Proportion of mobile service usage delivered by WiFi and femtocells, 2008-2014

At first sight, these proportions may look relatively small. This is because we have assumed that WiFi access points and femtocells will not be deployed universally and some indoor service usage will be supported by sideloading.

Dr Alastair Brydon has worked in digital radio communications for over 25 years. He provides expert advice on 2G, 3G and 4G mobile systems and standards including GSM, UMTS and LTE. He has written over 40 reports on the development of wireless technologies and services and has acted as an expert witness in major patent disputes.

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