Asia to spearhead public Wi-Fi growth

10 Jul 2003

Public Wi-Fi networks are set to blossom in coming years and will exceed 200,000 locations worldwide by 2008, up from 28,000 at the end of this year, according to research firm Allied Business Intelligence. The proliferation of so-called Wi-Fi hotspots has received a shot in the arm in recent months with several key contracts signed by various airport operators, fast food chains McDonald’s and KFC, and coffee shop giant Starbucks. The US currently has the largest number of hotspots (12,400), although Allied predicts that Asia will eclipse North America within the next five or six years.