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iPass Sees Significant Wi-Fi Growth
By: MarkJ - 24 August, 2006 (8:48 AM)

Global roaming expert iPass has reported seeing a 54% surge in European enterprise Wi-Fi Hotspot usage over the past few months (Jan to June):

Ken Greene, director of iPass's technical consultancy, said: "The main factors [behind the rise in usage] are the proliferation of the technology... wireless cards are now integrated in most laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming much more ubiquitous, but also the fact that users get more and more confident using the technology based on their experiences connecting to their home wireless LAN or their corporate WLAN."

iPass declined to reveal exactly how many users or access sessions defined as a user logging into a single hot spot at least once on any day it had recorded.

But it did reveal that airports are the most common popular places for iPass subscribers to get connected, followed by hotels. There were 14,000 iPass access sessions at London's Heathrow airport in the first half of the year, which equates to almost 80 users a day.

Despite the growth Wi-Fi is still a comparatively niche service, yet one that appears to be moving in the right direction. More @ ZDNet.

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