Worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots will grow by nearly 25 percent this year to 179,500 according to forecasts from ABI Research in its report "Wi-Fi Hotspot Market Data." While 72 percent of these sites are still found in North America and Europe, the Asia Pacific region is growing rapidly. Growth in China has been much slower than originally thought, but Asia Pacific region is still forecast to come close to matching the number of North American hotspots by 2012.
Europe remains the leader with more than 70,000 hotspots. One major driver of Wi-Fi hot spots is retail, with McDonalds making rapid progress in turning its 4,000 European locations into hotspots.
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