Edgewater Wireless and Aptilo Networks take mobile data offload into world of multi-channel WiFi

Edgewater Wireless Systems, a supplier of wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions, has announced that it has completed interoperability testing of WiFi3 with the mobile data offload solution from Aptilo Networks (the latter is based on their WiFi service management platform and SIM authentication server). Mobile data offload, one of the fastest growing market segments for WiFi solutions, can now be delivered with Edgewater Wireless’ industry WiFi3 multi-channel architecture which provides significantly increased performance and flexibility to major carriers and service providers.

Mobile data traffic is growing at an unprecedented rate, well beyond the capacity of today’s 3G networks. Analysts forecast that by 2014, an average mobile user will consume 7GB of traffic per month, which exceeds 5 times the average used by today’s consumer. The use of mobile data applications creates an enormous strain on cellular infrastructure. As a result, mobile operators and service providers are turning to WiFi to divert much of the data traffic away from cellular networks.

Mobile data offloading (onto WiFi networks) appears to be the most viable solution for operators. Aptilo’s mobile data offloading solution makes offloading to WiFi seamless both for the subscriber and the mobile core. Combining Aptilo’s carrier-class WiFi service management solution – which is used by over 90 leading worldwide and regional communications service providers, including Du, Eircom-Meteor, Telecom Malaysia, Telenor, TeliaSonera and Saudi Telecom – with Edgewater Wireless’ EAP3000 family of multi-channel access points, opens the door for Edgewater Wireless to directly address and deliver product solutions into this large and rapidly growing market.

“Aptilo is delighted to add Edgewater Wireless to our carrier-class WiFi partner ecosystem,” said Jonas Jacobsson, Director of Partner Management, Aptilo Networks. As a leading vendor of carrier WiFi service management systems we welcome partners with innovative products such as Edgewater’s high-performance WiFi3 technology access points.”

“Edgewater Wireless continues to enhance the strengths of WiFi3 technology with highly valued software solutions such as Aptilo’s mobile data offloading and carrier WiFi solution,” said Andrew Skafel, President of Edgewater Wireless. “Partnering with Aptilo opens the door to an enormous opportunity to deliver high-performance carrier class solutions to the large mobile carriers and service providers.”