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Wi-Fi hotspot connection count to hit 1.2 billion

There will be 1.2 billion Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide by the end of 2009, up 47 percent from a year ago, according to research firm In-Stat.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

There will be 1.2 billion Wi-Fi hotspot connections worldwide by the end of 2009, up 47 percent from a year ago, according to research firm In-Stat.

The count comes as Google and Yahoo are pushing free Wi-Fi connections as holiday gifts and promotional vehicles. Meanwhile, telecom carriers are also hot on hotspots.

In-Stat notes that mobile operators are pushing hotspots to offload the stress on their taxed 3G networks.

Among the key figures:

  • Worldwide hotspot venues will reach 245,000 locations in 2009;
  • AT&T will have usage growth of 500 percent in 2009 compared to 2008;
  • Wi-Fi deployments are ramping in China.

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