The volume of data transferred between devices using short-range wireless connectivity will increase this year as users attempt to bypass congested fixed and mobile networks.
According to Deloitte’s Top Trends in Telecoms 2012 research, the volume of data sent from device to device via short-range wireless connections, known as near-field communications (NFC), will double in 2012.
“The strain on networks, both fixed and mobile, is set to force more people to turn to short-range wireless connections to transfer data,” said Deloitte. Use of technologies such as Bluetooth and infrared will also increase this year.
Another data transfer option
Deloitte said about 1% of the total amount of wireless data exchanged in 2012 will be device-to-device directly rather than via the internet.
“With telecoms companies balancing the need to invest in network improvement with the demands of customers for data capacity, web bypass will emerge as a third network option alongside fixed broadband and mobile for transferring information,” said SimonKerton-Johnson, lead telecoms partner at Deloitte.
“The number of devices with embedded NFC is set to soar to 200 million by the end of 2012," he added. "NFC has been dominated by the ‘wave and pay’ notion of embedding a credit card into a mobile phone, but the application of the technology is likely to have a wider reach.”
Cheap smartphones to gain popularity
The research also revealed that the number of low-end smartphones in use will reach half a billion in 2012 as users increasingly trade off specification for a low price.
Research from Deloitte revealed that smartphones that cost less than £65 will be used by 500 million people by the end of 2012, with a similar growth to that of netbooks, which were a low-powered, low-cost alternative to full specification laptops.