Business users push WiFi usage

WiFi hotspot usage by business users boomed in the second half of 2007 recording an increase of 89 per cent over the same period in 2006. According to the twice-yearly WiFi Hotspot Index compiled by iPass, European growth outpaced the U.S., expanding its worldwide share to 40 per cent, up from 31 per cent. The U.S. share of the global market fell from 50 to 51 per cent. London consolidated its position as the world's leading capital in terms of WiFi usage, with traffic rising by 156 per cent over 2006. Number two was Singapore with Tokyo jumping into third place with an impressive increase of 118 per cent. Elsewhere, Latin America saw exceptional growth, recording a 133 per cent rise in usage across the region. iPass has enhanced its bi-annual statistics by including enterprise 3G usage figures and as a result has renamed the report the Mobile Broadband Index.

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