Jonker said it is ironic how the large carriers describe LTE as offering so much more overall network capacity, but continue to testify to the Federal Communications Commission about their need for more spectrum. While Cisco has estimated there will be a 27-fold increase in wireless data growth in the next two years, LTE is expected to only add a five-fold increase over the prior wireless network capacity.
"We need a bigger solution such as Wi-Fi offloading, and there's not a carrier not on board with that," Jonker said.
As to whether Wi-Fi offloading could potentially cut into carrier revenues, Jonker said that the biggest economic consideration for carriers should be to "keep their users happy. And they can't build out their [cellular] networks cheaply enough to do that."
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