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Old 24th December 2004, 04:56   #1
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WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that old continent can beat USA in the number of wireless connections? We saw an Intel document which said that Europe has far more hot spots than USA.
Intel claims that "EMEA is leading the way with explosive growth". EMEA stands for Europe the Middle East and parts of Africa. In 2002, Western Europe had 1,080 hot spots while in 2003 that number rose to 10,393. Europe grew 885 per cent in just a year. Intel is also estimating that number of wireless connection will increase to 110,000 by 2008. Some of those numbers are based on IDC figures.

USA, together with South America, has 8,400+ public hotspots offered by 27 service providers. According to the larest numbers proferred by Intel, Europe offers 10,971 or so public hot spots provided by 56 service providers. Japan has 5,210 or so hot spots offered by 10 service providers, quite a number for such a small country. APAC, Asia Pacific countries have 17,424 public hot spots offered by 25 service providers. I guess Asia beats us all.

I bet that Intel didn't count wireless connections in Bosnia and Herzegovina as we are a bit short of them over here. Every major city here has at least two to three wireless internet service providers.

According to Intel, the world is covered with more than 42,000 hot spots and this number is going to grow. Centrino turned out to be a very good move for Intel. µ

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20367

I have no problem in looking at the share of wireless usage is in favor of Asia; and U.S. is lacking behind. Wireless eliminates the need to build land-lines which proves to be very expensive specially in terrain such as Asia. While every city in the U.S. as small as a few hundred people town has access to telephone lines.
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