179,500 Wi-Fi hotspots globally by the end of 2007

ABI Research forecasts that in 2007, worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots will grow by nearly 25%, to 179,500. While almost three-quarters of these sites (72%) are still found in North America and Europe, the Asia Pacific region is growing very rapidly. Growth in China has been much slower than originally thought. Still, the Asia Pacific region will come close to matching the number of North American hotspots by 2012. Europe remains the market leader with over 70,000 hotspots. One major driver of Wi-Fi hot spots is retail establishments. McDonalds is making rapid progress in turning its 4,000 locations into hotspots.