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:
|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|