This year, the number of hotspots globally will rise 40%, according to a July 17 forecast released by consultancy ABI Research, which notes that “the greatest growth and the largest number of hotspots continue to be found in Europe. While the UK has long led in European Wi-Fi hotspots, there is also marked growth in France, Germany, and Russia.”
Which begs the question: Why isn’t Wi-Fi in the U.S. growing as fast? Apple’s Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone was first introduced in America. Carriers like T-Mobile USA have been pushing home Wi-Fi phone services like Hotspot @ Home and @ Home. Starbucks recently began offering Wi-Fi service in its cafes for free. And the U.S. lags behind Europe in wireless data speeds of traditional wireless networks — which should be a major impetus for Americans to use Wi-Fi. So, why aren’t we using it as much as the Britons?