From Near And Far: T-Mobile’s New Digits Service & Expanding Wi-Fi Services Abroad

Mobile Industry News for the Week of May 22, 2017

The Wi-Fi market is experiencing rapid growth internationally. Service providers in emerging markets such as India are promoting connectivity by offering Wi-Fi solutions like portable routers connected to a LTE network. Domestically, T-Mobile is also focused on launching convenient service offerings for its customers. Its new offering, Digits, allows users to connect to their T-Mobile network from a variety of devices. The stories on our minds are below.

Wi-Fi Services In Emerging Markets — The Wi-Fi market is growing globally and is projected to reach a market size of about $3.3 billion by 2020, according to Accuray Research. In an RCR Wireless article published this week, Kelly Hill outlines key Wi-Fi trends that will continue to propel the international market forward. One such trend is “connecting the unconnected.” With its internet.org and Express WiFi project, Facebook aims to bring connectivity to India and South Asia by opening up 20,000 hotspots. Other international operators are using new market entrants to support their growing customer base. The Indian operator Reliance Jio, for example, is offering LTE-connected Wi-Fi routers that can support voice and data services on multiple devices. As the Wi-Fi market continues to thrive, national markets will also see a rise in competing Wi-Fi services.

Call Me On My Tablet — T-Mobile announced that it will be making its Digits service available starting May 31st. According to The Verge, the service allows customers to synchronize multiple devices, such as their phones, tablets, computers, and smartwatches. Customers will also be able to use multiple numbers on a single device, which means they no longer need to carry separate devices for work and personal reasons. The service also allows users to send text messages from their tablet or PC. With the rise of smart homes, consumers are becoming accustomed to connected lifestyles, and T-Mobile’s Digits is yet another solution that promotes this widespread connectivity.

What news stories are on your minds this week? We’d love to hear what stories you’re dialing into.