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"Carrier-grade" Wi-Fi doesn't just happen

With the U.S. cable industry boasting nearly 17 million Wi-Fi hotspots, iPass offering almost 60 million hotspots globally and the total number of Wi-Fi access points expected to surpass 430 million by 2020, it certainly seems that Wi-Fi networks are everywhere.

You know a technology has reached ubiquity when it has invaded salutations and conversation in our professional and personal lives: “Hi, so nice to see you, thanks for having me… what’s your Wi-Fi password?”

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Topics: Quality of Experience, QoE, Wi-Fi, wireless

Video Streaming QoE: A Challenge of Growing Importance

I recently read an article that did an excellent job capturing the link between mental stress and high quality mobile experiences. Citing a report published by Ericsson in February 2016, the article - “Slow mobile buffering a horror show” – focused on Ericsson’s comparison of the mental stress caused by slow mobile video streaming with the stress caused by watching a horror movie alone.

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Topics: wireless, Quality of Experience, QoE, mobile video delivery