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Ovum’s latest five-year public WLAN forecasts show the number of paid-for, public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by carriers and service providers will grow more slowly than previously expected.


  • As operators' focus shifts towards evolved LTE and 5G, interest in building out and managing physical public Wi-Fi hotspots is slowing. Nevertheless, many mobile-only providers remain wedded to Wi-Fi and are juggling priorities with the need to enhance and upgrade their cellular networks.

Features and Benefits

  • Find out how quickly and in which geographies the market for operator-owned Wi-Fi hotspots will grow over the next five years?
  • Understand which companies are investing in Wi-Fi hotspots and which are reducing their investment.

Key questions answered

  • How quickly will operator-owned public Wi-Fi grow over the next five years?
  • How are these changes likely to impact the wider market?

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