One Wi-Fi hotspot per 11 people in the UK, research shows

Tuesday, November 4th 2014
By the end of 2014, there could be 47.7 million public Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.
One Wi-Fi hotspot per 11 people in the UK, research shows
There is now one public Wi-Fi hotspot per every 11 people in the UK, according to new research.

Provider iPass has released a new interactive map showing how many hotspots there are throughout the world, with estimates indicating there could be up to 47.7 million by the end of this year.

Worldwide, there is currently a Wi-Fi access point for every 150 individuals, while it is thought this number will increase significantly over the coming four years, reaching one public hotspot per 20 people, due to the overall total climbing to around 340 million.

In Britain alone, there are approximately 7.5 million shops, cafes, hotels and other public places where people can log on to the internet on mobile devices, with improvements in line for access to the web on public transport in the near future.

Speaking to BBC News, Chief Marketing Officer at iPass June Bower explained that in the next few years: "Every second home you walk past will be a public hotspot that you can use if you are part of that provider's network."

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