ABI research says that the worldwide carrier Wi-Fi deployments reached a total 4.9 million hotspots in 2012 despite rapid deployment of 3G and 4G networks globally, fueled by the growing demand for mobility. Asia-Pacific leads the trend with 88% share of the number, followed by Europe and North America with a share of 8% and 3% respectively. Read More
“Despite the successful adoption of 3G and 4G mobile data services, the number of Wi-Fi Hotspots has continued to proliferate and are anticipated to surpass 6.3 million by the end of 2013,” comments industry analyst, Khin Sandi Lynn. The number includes Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by fixed-line and mobile carriers as well as third-party operators (e.g., Boingo, iPass, etc).