Will mobile communications live to 2020?

We are witnessing the total penetration of Wi-Fi into our living space. Wi-Fi is everywhere - in cafes, trains, planes, cruise ships, in our home. Moreover, more recently Comcast Corporation, one of the largest American Internet companies, began to "convert" privately owned routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Owners of mobile phones have a reason to think. The more they watch movies and listen to music provided by, for example, Netflix and Pandora (foreign movie and music streaming providers), the less gigabytes they will need to buy from cellular operators. Now it is possible to make calls and send messages via Wi-Fi. Some US users save up to $ 30 per month this way.

In favor of Wi-Fi, there are also numerous cases when cellular operators abandoned their customers abroad, and the cherished access point became a lifesaver.

Sensing the undeniable benefits of Wi-Fi, many of the leading US cable companies have teamed up to complement their services and create next-generation networks, which has multiplied the number of users at home and abroad.

The big four of the largest American cellular companies are seriously alarmed by the emergence of such a powerful competitor. According to experts, only one company Verizon by 2018 may lose up to a quarter of mobile traffic, which will cost it up to $ 1.4 billion. So most likely competitors will have to negotiate with each other and create new communication formats.