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This research note identifies and analyzes key trends in the public WLAN hotspot market.


  • Microsoft plans to launch its own paid-for Wi-Fi service. The computer and software giant is looking to provide connectivity at over 10 million locations in 130 countries.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the major trends in the paid-for public WLAN hotspot market as of 3Q15.
  • Understand fluctuations in public WLAN market growth and important developments in the area of operator deployments.

Key questions answered

  • What do recent developments in the market for public WLAN hotspots tell us about global growth patterns and regional trends?
  • What specific public WLAN initiatives are driving new deployments and service developments?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • China, Japan, and US are the top markets
  • Microsoft plans global Wi-Fi launch; DT signs roaming deal with Boingo


  • Further reading
  • Author

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