Google, CableVision, FreedomPop and Republic Wireless Bypass Cellular Networks with Wi-Fi, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Wi-Fi routers can be used to supplement, and in some cases replace, traditional cellular tower networks for cellphone and internet service.  Wi-Fi networks, as of late 2016, carried approximately 63% of the 7.2 exabytes of monthly mobile data usage on a global basis, according to Cisco.  Two small U.S. firms, Republic Wireless and FreedomPop, offer mostly router-based service to hundreds of thousands of users.  Wi-Fi routers afford users with extremely cheap phone service, but connections are easily lost when users move between routers and sound quality can be poor. Despite these limitations, Google is working with a Wi-Fi/cellular hybrid offering…

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