Service Providers Expand Reach of Managed Devices in Broadband Homes
The IHS report noted WiFi has become an increasingly important strategic element for Internet service providers (ISPs).The percentage of global households with WiFi home gateways or routers supplied by their service providers will rise from 66 percent in 2014 to nearly 90 percent in 2019, according to a report from IT research firm IHS. Driving the need for more connectivity is the number of connected devices per household, which continues to rise. In North America alone, there will be nearly 13 connected devices per broadband household in 2019, compared to just 10 devices in 2014. The report noted WiFi has become an increasingly important strategic element for Internet service providers (ISPs), as many of their customers rely on their home wireless network for everything from email and social networking to streaming high-quality over-the-top (OTT) video. The proliferation of connected devices runs parallel to heavy ISP infrastructure investments designed to provide higher bandwidth speed and the budget to market it to subscribers and prospects.
"High quality video, especially HD, is a driver for more advanced WiFi solutions on broadband customer-premises equipment (CPE)," John Kendall, senior analyst of consumer electronics and connected home for IHS, told eWEEK. "This issue will become increasingly important as the number of connected devices on the home network continues to rise. As I say in the report, consumers increasingly judge the worth of their Internet connection by the performance of the WiFi in the home."