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November 10, 2006 at 10:06 AM

Hotspots are still hot

Earlier this month, an ABI Research report estimated that this year the number of commercial Wi-Fi hotspots will grow by 47 percent worldwide to 143,700.

The underlying message of the report was that while most sites are in North America and Europe, the number is growing rapidly in the Asia/Pacific region.

Today JiWire, which has been assembling a directory of Wi-Fi hotspots since 2003, reported there were 125,323 Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countries at the end of September.

It reported that the U.S. is the leader by far with almost 42,000 hotspots. The United Kingdom came in second with almost 16,000, followed by Germany, France and South Korea.

The interesting thing is the top 10 cities suggest a different distribution than the top countries. London is No. 1 followed by Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Paris, Berlin and San Francisco.

With three of the top 10 cities being in Asia, it does seem that region is quickly catching up to the U.S. and Europe.

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