200K hotspots by 2008

With a greater number of players, a greater number of venues, and a greater number of users, the hotspot market keeps expanding in all aspects, reports In-Stat/MDR. The high-tech market research firm finds that the hotspot market has evolved past the initial build-out period which has characterized the last 4 years of the hotspot market, and that the market will move into a more mature stage, where growth in venue footprint will continue at a more even pace than it has in the past. Overall, worldwide hotspots are expected to grow from 43,850 locations in 2003 to over 200,000 locations in 2008, largely driven by hotel and branded deployments.