U.S. Cellular Selects Devicescape’s WiFi Offload Services

Posted on September 13, 2012

It’s another win, not just for Devicescape and U.S. Cellular but for the industry and the operator’s subscriber base.  This partnership aims at improving the overall subscriber experience while complementing the current network of U.S. Cellular. Read more about the announcement HERE.

Everybody wins with WiFi

Posted on July 24, 2012

We at Devicescape encounter many questions about our solution and more specifically our Curated Virtual Network of public WiFi hotspots.  It’s understandable given the fact that WiFi offload is a relatively new solution for the wireless industry.  And from a consumer perspective, the understanding of WiFi is rather limited in scope.  Most people tend to think that WiFi is only available at work or in your home or in selected establishments like coffee shops and universities.  That is only the tip of the iceberg.  It’s everywhere. After attending many tradeshows and conferences related to WiFi and the telecom industry as well as participating in many media inquiries, I believe the most common question asked to Devicescape is, “How do you collect and assemble the WiFi in your network?”  And of course the follow up question is always along the lines of “Are you inappropriately using someone else’s WiFi connection?” Believe it or not, the second question is the easier one to answer and that is “No”.  We are not inappropriately using or stealing anybody’s WiFi.  All the WiFi in our CVN is public and free which by definition is meant for the public consumption.  Although we can identify tens of…

WiFi Offload: why the time is right for mobile network providers

Posted on May 23, 2012

4G has become a hot topic in 2012, particularly with the launching of several prominent 4G-compatible devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, and others. However, Informa Telecoms & Media predict that 70% of mobile internet traffic is being carried by WiFi. Consequently, it has been suggested that massive investments in 4G networks should not be considered the be-all-and-end-all of the mobile data picture. As a leader in WiFi offloading, Devicescape believes that the two approaches must complement each other in order to provide the best service for consumers. The development of upcoming 4G networks has received heavy investment as 3G networks struggle to cope with the rapidly growing quantity of mobile data-traffic. This is through no fault of the network providers; it’s simply a constraint of physics, and an increase in adoption of smartphones. Smartphones are set to outnumber the human population this year, and a finite amount of bandwidth can only support a finite amount of data. Improving mobile networks is essential, but it is time to fully embrace the fact that they cannot operate alone. Users now expect immediate mobile internet access at will. For this to continue it is imperative that WiFi and carrier networks complement each other,…

4G and WiFi Must Work in Tandem…..

Posted on April 23, 2012

Read this Business Computing World article by Devicescape’s own, John Lillie, as he makes the case for WiFi and 4G working together efficiently.  The case for WiFi offload is never more apparent than today. http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/4g-and-wifi-must-work-in-tandem-due-to-ever-growing-mobile-demand/

VPNs and Public Hotspots

Posted on January 4, 2012

Written by guest blogger, Dennis Bland, Senior Field Engineer at Devicescape You’re sipping your latte and surfing the web at your local coffee joint, just like millions of other people do every day.  You’ve probably wondered about the security of your Wi-Fi connection, and it’s safe to say many articles have been written about it. First, a summary of the most common methods to make your hotspot internet connection secure: 1.  Visit websites with “https:” in the URL.  In this case, your browser automatically creates an encrypted data “tunnel” between your browser and the server of the website you are currently browsing.  This arrangement is required by law for on-line banking, and is almost always employed on any web page where you have to enter personal information such as a username/password or credit card information.  It is important to point out that for this type of connection it does not matter what type of Wi-Fi connection you have, as the data is already encrypted.  This method of security is very secure (assuming your web browser does not complain of a “certificate error”) because it encrypts the entire path from your web browser to the website server, including the wired connection…