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


  • There were 7.03 million paid-for public wireless LAN (PWLAN) hotspots in service among the major providers in Asia, North America, and Western Europe at the end of 1Q15.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the major trends in the paid-for public WLAN hotspot market as of end-1Q15.
  • 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?

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  • Summary
  • US growth continues, but Asia slows
  • Home router market boosts hotspot numbers


  • Further reading
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