World Bulletin/News Desk
The world's number of public wireless Internet points will grow more than seven times over the next four years from 47.7 million public Wi-Fi hotspots in 2014 to over 340 million in 2018.
iPass, the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network, released Monday what it called the broadest and most in-depth research into global public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments. Public wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspots are specific locations which provide Internet access for free.
According to the study, the world today has one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people; it predicts that within four years, the world will have one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 20 people.
iPass said that in 2014, France was the country with the most hotspots in total, followed by the U.S. and the U.K. In 2018, the U.S. is predicted to lead this trend, followed by China and France.
"Europe is the ‘continent of Wi-Fi’ with 50% of the world's Wi-Fi estate in 2014. By 2018, Asia will strip Europe of this title," iPass said.
Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass, said that over the last few years there had been the emergence of the 'Wi-Fi first' generation.
"In fact (Wi-Fi) is seen by most as an essential utility, just like water or electricity," he said.
While only 16 percent of planes and 3 percent of trains are equipped with Wi-Fi today, the study predicts that Wi-Fi will be available in 60 percent of planes and 11 percent of trains by 2018.
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