Hotspots pass 100K mark worldwide

Hotspots pass 100K mark worldwide


A global hotspot tracker has recorded 100,000 of the Wi-Fi beacons worldwide. JiWire, a leading provider of hotspot information and services made the announcement Tuesday morning.

“Crossing the 100K milestone is very exciting, and the technology is really just getting started,” said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. “With Wi-Fi going into a wider array of devices like portable gaming consoles, digital cameras and mobile phones, we expect public hotspots to continue to grow at a rapid rate.”

The report found that the number of global hotspots grew 87 percent in 2005, from 53,779 in 93 countries to 100,355 in 115 countries. The country with the most hotspots is the U.S., followed by the U.K. and South Korea.

The report also included a Top 10 list of hotspot-friendly cities. Topping that list was Seoul, with 2,056. Next on that list was Tokyo, with 1,802. London, with 1,627, was third.

Another Top 10 list found that hotels and resorts were far and away the most popular locations for hotspots, with restaurants and shopping malls coming in third.

Here are the full Top 10 lists from the report:

Country City Location
United States 37,073 Seoul 2,056 Hotel/Resort 26,330
United Kingdom 12,668 Tokyo 1,802 Restaurant 19,653
South Korea 9,415 London 1,627 Store/Mall 13,827
Germany 8,614 Paris 895 Cafe 13,815
Japan 5,951 San Francisco 801 Pub 6,285
France 3,886 Daegu 787 Other 4,704
Italy 1,767 New York 643 Office Building 1,803
Netherlands 1,703 Singapore 619 Gas Station 1,594
Canada 1,397 Busan 617 Airport 1,294
Switzerland 1,295 Hong Kong 605 Library 1,171