Research firm In-Stat predicts that worldwide annual hotspot connections will grow to more than 11 billion by 2014.
"In the past, usage growth has largely been tied to venue growth, i.e., the more venues the more usage, and the rate of usage per venue was fairly constant. Going forward, however, usage growth will be driven by increases in connects per day at each venue. This is a result, at least in part, to a broadening base of WiFi-enabled devices," noted In-Stat market analyst Amy Gravens in a release.
Other research findings include:
- Worldwide annual hotspot connects, or sessions, will reach more than 2 billion by the end of 2010.
- Asia/Pacific will have about one quarter of the worldwide hotspot venues over the forecast period.
- Handheld devices are anticipated to account for half of hotspot connects by 2012.
- Europe and North America are the largest hotspot markets based on usage (annual connects).
- see this release