Almost half of data traffic that is generated by electrical devices this year is set to be offloaded to Wi-Fi and small-cell networks, new findings from Juniper Research has suggested.

Signals from smartphones, tablets and other 3G and 4G-connected devices amounting to the same amount as ten billion movie downloads are thought to be outsourced over the next 12 months, which could cause a loss of earnings for some networks.

The report – entitled Mobile Data Offload & Onload: Wi-Fi, Small Cell and Carrier-Grade Strategies 2012-2017 – found that although operators are benefitting by making the most of relief on overstretched systems, they may actually be losing out in the long term.

As a result, some companies are forming partnerships with existing Wi-Fi services in order to launch their own carrier grade solutions.

On top of this, 4G technologies – including long-term evolution (LTE) – and other wireless capabilities have enabled companies to roll out additional services and next generation connected devices such as smart glasses.

Commenting on the findings, report author Nitin Bhas said: “While a 4G connection need not necessarily mean more data usage, consumers are in fact adapting to faster speeds and more data services, which could lead to more data usage.

“This increase in user demand for services in turn creates new opportunities within different economic sectors including commerce, energy, health and education, completing a cycle of demand.”

Those smartphone users who are holding out for the faster speeds and reliable connection brought about by the 4G network may be looking forward to the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3.

The handset, which is set for release next month, comes as the first LTE capable gadget in Samsung’s range – making it a must-have device for tech-savvy consumers.

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