Managed home Wi-Fi subscribers to grow more than 7X by 2025: Maravedis

Nov. 13, 2019

The number of homes within the top 34 countries worldwide that subscribe to a managed home WiFi service will grow from 40 million in 2020 to 294 million in 2025, says a new report from Maravedis LLC. The analyst firm states in the recently published Managed Home Wi-Fi Networks for the Smart Home 2020-2025 report that the 2025 figure will represent 27% of broadband lines in service at that time.

The projected growth of managed WiFi subscribers derives from several factors, according to the report. Quality of experience has become a focal point, and operators are aware that such quality increasingly means not just high bandwidth but also aspects such as low latency and, increasingly in the future, network security. Maravedis says that most operators see managed WiFi as a way to reduce opex and improve service provision; some have tried to directly monetize it. Robust managed WiFi also can provide a platform for additional services related to Internet of Things (IoT) and home/network security.

With these points in mind, a survey of operators at the heart of the report reveals that many operators are still making basic decisions related to their managed WiFi plans. For example, approximately 75% have yet to select a home security platform provider. And the overall technology market remains fragmented. For example, while a number of initiatives are underway to develop and provide open source/open platform WiFi network technology, the report says that many operators still put more trust in proprietary alternatives. Meanwhile, Maravedis notes that some operators with large enough resources are developing their own gateways and software.

The Maravedis Managed Home Wi-Fi Networks for the Smart Home 2020-2025 report includes the results of a unique survey of service providers about their views of managed home WiFi trends. The report also includes operator profiles from one–on–one briefings with both leading and regional operators in various countries.

About the Author

Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director & Associate Publisher

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, DOCSIS technology, and more.

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