Worldwide WiFi Hotspots Reach 50,000
The number of worldwide WiFi Hotspots has surpassed the 50,000 milestone according to recent numbers released by JiWire, the leading provider of WiFi content and Hotspot information (www.jiwire.com). A Hotspot is a physical address where people can connect to a public wireless network, such as a cafe, hotel or airport.
In addition, London tops JiWire’s list of WiFi-friendly cities for having the greatest number of Hotspot locations, followed by Tokyo and New York. For a full listing of the Top Ten Hotspot Cities and Top Ten Countries, go to (http://www.jiwire.com/search-hotspot-locations.htm).
“The public WLAN market now claims 50,000 Hotspots around the world,” comments Stephen Wellman, Executive Editor, FierceWireless. “This demonstrates the rapid growth of public WiFi and proves this industry is ready for primetime.”
“We’re predicting a 100 percent growth of Hotspots in 2005,” says Kevin McKenzie, CEO of JiWire. “Hotels and other location types that naturally cater to the business traveler will be large contributors to this rapid growth.”
Through relationships with more than 400 individual Wireless Internet Service Providers, JiWire is able to offer users the world’s most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to free and commercial hotspot locations. Unbiased authoritative how-to guides, product reviews, and industry news demystify the hype and enable mobile professionals and wireless enthusiasts to connect to the Internet without wires. Customers include AvantGo, CNET Networks, Forbes.com, iPass, PC World, USATODAY.com, and Wired.com, among others. JiWire.com was named one of the “50 Coolest Websites” by Time Magazine and its Portable Hotspot Locator was named one of PC World’s “Top 70 Free Software Downloads.” With over one million people using JiWire’s services, the company has created one of the world’s largest WiFi communities.
To learn more about WiFi or to sign up for JiWire’s monthly WiFi HotStats, please visit http://www.jiwire.com.