Category Archives: Wi-Fi

Is high mobile data usage cannibalising fixed?

We have published numerous analyses on mobile data usage. The two latest are:

Our readers also know that we follow operator Wi-Fi closely, see e.g. this piece.

At tefficient, we believe that the world is (or is about to become) mobile-first. But it doesn’t mean that the mobile networks will carry most of the traffic. In contrast, as shown in this post based on OpenSignal data, the regular smartphone user is most often more on Wi-Fi than on mobile networks. And when the smartphone is on Wi-Fi, the traffic volume is often higher since fixed broadband users seldom have to worry about data caps. Mobile operating systems are also set up to prefer (or in the case of upgrades, mandate) Wi-Fi. All Wi-Fi traffic ends up on the fixed access network, not on the mobile access network.

We don’t take a side in the tiring conflict between the cellular camp and the Wi-Fi camp and will continue to argue that it’s not cellular or Wi-Fi, it’s cellular and Wi-Fi. It’s not licensed or unlicensed spectrum, it’s licensed and unlicensed.

For this post we have, for the first time, gathered reported fixed data usage stats from regulators and operators globally to try to answer two questions:

  • Are countries with low mobile data usage having higher fixed broadband usage? I.e. is fixed broadband compensating?
  • Are countries with high mobile data usage having lower fixed broadband usage? I.e. is mobile ‘cannibalising’ fixed?

Continue reading Is high mobile data usage cannibalising fixed?

The luxury of the commodity gigabyte

Data usage, traffic and revenue per GB for 111 operators

This is tefficient’s 16th public analysis on the development and drivers of mobile data.

It is an add-on to our just-published analysis “More for more” isn’t happening which compares 33 countries.

In this analysis we compare operators. We have ranked 111 of them based on: Continue reading The luxury of the commodity gigabyte

Unlimited pushes data usage to new heights

For the 14th time: tefficient’s famous data usage analysis – now covering 32 countries

The mobile data usage continued to grow in 2016, but the growth rates varied much. Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Hungary grew the slowest whereas Lithuania, Turkey, Austria and Korea grew the fastest.

In Lithuania, Austria and Korea, premium unlimited plans were introduced and the effect on data usage has been similar to what our previous analyses identified for Finland and Latvia.

The data usage top list is dominated by operators that offer unlimited: The world leader had an average usage per SIM of 9.9 GB per month. Continue reading Unlimited pushes data usage to new heights

Speaker at Wi-Fi NOW 2016 London

Analysis & go-to-market 2016

Preparing and presenting “How carriers are using Wi-Fi to boost their businesses” for 350 attendees at the Wi-Fi NOW 2016 event in London 25-27 October.

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The presentation covered: Continue reading Speaker at Wi-Fi NOW 2016 London

Upsell and loyalty strategies of operators: Using public Wi-Fi as customer magnet

Wi-Fi as customer magnetIn this analysis – our fifth on the subject – we show how telcos, cellcos and cablecos in mature markets in Europe, America and APAC use public Wi-Fi to attract and retain customers – and to upsell.

We also update you on Wi-Fi usage and deployment. You might be surprised to see that the wide adoption of 4G LTE and an increasing use of mobile data meant more Wi-Fi, not less. Continue reading Upsell and loyalty strategies of operators: Using public Wi-Fi as customer magnet

Smartphone users in almost all mature markets spend more time on Wi-Fi than on 3G/4G

For the first time, OpenSignal, the company that provides an app to crowdsource actual network performance and coverage data, has published a report showing how much time smartphones were connected to Wi-Fi – as opposed to 3G/4G.

The stats are provided for 95 countries. Continue reading Smartphone users in almost all mature markets spend more time on Wi-Fi than on 3G/4G

USA, Latvia and Finland combine high mobile data usage with fast growth

Which country had the highest mobile data usage in 2015? The fastest usage growth?

Which operator leads the world?

Which country has the lowest and highest revenue per Megabyte?

Revenue vs MBoU tefficient simplified 2015

How does it affect usage? How are data-only and 4G LTE adoption rates affecting usage? Continue reading USA, Latvia and Finland combine high mobile data usage with fast growth

USA and Finland surprise: High and quickly growing mobile data usage

This is a preliminary analysis – to the final version.

Which country had the highest mobile data usage in 2015? The fastest usage growth?

The lowest and highest revenue per Megabyte?

Usage vs rev per MB prel FY 2015 2

How does it affect usage? How are data-only and 4G LTE adoption rates affecting usage?

Find the answers to these mobile data usage and monetisation questions in tefficient’s 13th public analysis on the topic. Continue reading USA and Finland surprise: High and quickly growing mobile data usage

Wi-Fi Calling – read all about it…

Wi-Fi Calling is relatively new – and then, not really. In 2014, Apple’s launch of iOS 8 with embedded Wi-Fi Calling marked a milestone for voice calling with mobile devices, despite several years of Voice over Wi-Fi services in various guises preceding iOS 8.

Aptilo Networks – a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging – has released a White Paper titled “Seamless Next Generation Wi-Fi Calling”, which is written by Allan Greve of tefficient.

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40k unique visitors last twelve months – here’s what’s popular

Not counting social media activity – LinkedIn and Twitter – tefficient had 40 000 unique visitors at tefficient.com and nonstopretention.com in the last twelve months.

Here’s what you read the most (click to enlarge): Continue reading 40k unique visitors last twelve months – here’s what’s popular