Republic Wireless, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that leases cellular network capacity from major US wireless carrier Sprint when Wi-Fi connections are spotty, knows this all too well. That is why it is attempting to make things better by announcing its Bonded Calling technology, a sort of patch that is capable of automatically detecting low quality connections on a Wi-Fi network, and proactively tries to fill in the gaps during a Wi-Fi call using redundancy on a cellular data network. Use of this type of tech can result to Wi-Fi call conversations that are generally better in terms of quality, and they do not have to fall back on cellular voice network.
Republic Wireless frequently had to rely on Sprint’s cellular network when Wi-Fi networks are not up to snuff. But with the Bonded Calling technology, it does not necessarily have to fall back on Sprint every time, but only use cellular data to provide patches for gaps. Republic Wireless’ customers are now starting to notice the improvement in quality. According to the wireless carrier, there has been a 75 percent decrease in help tickets related to Wi-Fi call quality ever since it started rolling out Bonded Calling on its handsets.
This does not mean, however, that the Bonded Calling technology will always be in use. Republic Wireless will default to Wi-Fi as long as the network is functioning optimally. But when the patch detects some slide in quality, it will automatically go about its business filling in the gaps. Cost wise, the Bonded Calling tech helps in alleviating costs caused by handovers. Besides, it is far more cost effective to patch gaps than to completely switch over to a cellular voice network.
Because Republic Wireless is a Wi-Fi first type of network operator, it understandably has extensive experience in dealing with all kinds of Wi-Fi stuff, including achieving optimum connectivity between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. As a matter of fact, the wireless carrier has over 30 patents related to seamless connectivity. But Republic Wireless would be the first to admit that its handover technology is far from being perfect. But by continuing to develop and explore new technology, such as Bonded Calling, it further strengthens its expertise and corporate knowledge on Wi-Fi, which should translate to a better user experience for its customers.
Source: Fierce Wireless