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WiFi hotspots to triple by 2015

Predictions of one Wi-Fi hotspot for every twenty people on earth by 2018

The number of public WiFi hotspots is set to explode, with projections that there will be one Wi-Fi hotspot for every twenty people on earth by 2018, according to research.

iPass has released its WiFi Growth map which provides an informative insight into the exponential growth of public WiFi around the world.

By 2018, there will be more than 340 million public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed worldwide, compared to 47.7 million in 2014, based on data collected by Maravedis Rethink.

“Most of the devices we use are Wi-Fi only and even on the most advanced 4G handsets, 78% of data goes over Wi-Fi. Simply put, it’s the network of choice for consumers and soon they’ll be able to roam this alternative network of millions of hotspots” said Evan Kaplan, President and CEO of iPass, who describes WiFI as an essential utility, “just like water or electricity”.

Over the next four years, the deployment of community ‘homespot’ public Wi-Fi hotspots will see the most explosive growth, increasing from just under 40 million in 2014 to over 325 million in 2018.

“Our data shows that in the coming years it’s Wi-Fi that will steal the limelight as consumers thirst for data goes beyond anything that cellular can deliver, and as business owners see the value Wi-Fi brings to helping them differentiate and innovate,” said Peter White, co-founder, Maravedis Rethink.

Key Findings include:

  • By 2018, there will be nearly one Wi-Fi hotspot for every twenty people on earth
  • In North America there will be one hotspot for every four people by 2018, in Africa it will be one for every 408.
  • By comparison, in 2015 there will be one hotspot for every 150 people
  • Europe currently has the densest wi-fi coverage, Asia will overtake it by 2018
  • Its projected that Wi-Fi will be available on 60% of planes and 11% of trains by 2018.
  • China has 5 times more commercial Wi-Fi hotspots than any other country
  • France currently has the most hotspots, followed by the US and UK.
  • By 2018, the USA, followed by China and France will have the most hotspots.
  • Europe has more than 50% of the world’s Wi-Fi hotspots in 2014. By 2018, Asia will strip Europe of this title
  • Community Wi-Fi has been driven by Europe and then North America, but Asia will catch up in 2018.

Check out the WiFi Growth Map.