Towerstream hopes to solve network congestion with Wi-Fi offloading in major U.S. cities

Towerstream hopes to solve network congestion with Wi-Fi offloading in major U.S. cities
Towerstream, a supplier of high-speed internet services in several U.S. markets, is hoping to partner with major U.S. carriers to reduce network congestion by offloading mobile data onto its Wi-Fi hotspots. Towersteam is testing out the service in New York now, and is building out similar networks of hotspots in San Francisco and Chicago.

Of course none of this can come to fruiting unless Towerstream signs up one or more of the carriers as partners. Towerstream VP of engineering Arthur Giftkis says there is a lot of interest from the major carriers, with some of them already holding “deeper discussions” on a partnership.

In the meantime Towerstream has been testing their Manhattan network, which they opened as a free network to smartphone users who happened to discover it. Despite lacking a major marketing push, Towerstream averaged 100,000 unique devices connecting to their network, and more than a terabyte of data transferred daily.

Towerstream isn’t just waiting on the big network carriers to sign on board; they have already inked deals with Boingo, 8coupons, and Skype. When will all of this bandwidth help to unclog the wireless information superhighways in these major metropolises? That’s up to the carriers now.

source: Fierce Broadband Wireless



1. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Oh, so the carriers are just now figuring this out? T-Mobile has had wi-fi calling on some phones for some time. This is the type of system Republic Wireless is pushing, and they filled their beta in very short order (I'm on the waiting list). I've got a Sprint Airave in my house, which essentially does this, though over the normal transmission frequencies, not wi-fi, but it uses my broadband. And so many people have wi-fi in their homes - why has it taken them this long?

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this is total bullcrap that's why. i shouldn't have to pay for data through my cellphone service provider and have to resert using my own dsl or cable service.

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