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Fon’s acquisition of XCellAir signals Wi-Fi’s continued strength in the home, venues and enterprise markets

Roberto Kompany Senior Analyst, Research

"Although small cells are a high priority within the telecoms industry, communications service providers' opportunities to improve and monetise Wi-Fi as a service should not be underestimated."

We expect the installed base of Wi-Fi homespots with public access to reach 415 million worldwide in 2022. Fon's acquisition of XCellAir demonstrates the importance of Wi-Fi technology. This comment examines what this acquisition will mean for communications service providers (CSPs) and the reasons why improved Wi-Fi service will strengthen the position of Wi-Fi at a time when cellular-based small cells are gaining in popularity.