Study: 25 percent of all households use WiFi

The world is getting more and more connected to the Internet every day and that includes being able to surf the net at home from a WiFi network. In a new study from Strategy Analytics, it claims that 439 million households worldwide have some kind of WiFi network set up, which covers about 25 percent of all households.

It's no surprise that South Korea is the number one country in the world with the most WiFi-based homes in terms of percentage. The study claims that a whopping 80.1 percent of homes in that tech-heavy country have a WiFi network. By contrast, the US is well behind at 61 percent and is listed in the study as eighth in the world with WiFi households, behind such countries as the UK (73.3 percent), Japan (68.4 percent) and even the US's northern neighbor Canada (67.8 percent).

While it is one of the biggest countries in the world in terms of population, the study says that India only has WiFi in 2.5 percent of its households, well behind all the other countries listed in the survey. Strategy Analytics predicts that by 2016, 800 million households worldwide will have a WiFi connection, bringing the percentage up to 42 percent.

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remixedcat said,
in india the routers are on poles...

what does that even mean? you mean like wifi ap's hung from telephone poles like comcast did in the USA on the east coast to give its users "roaming" wireless access?

neufuse said,

what does that even mean? you mean like wifi ap's hung from telephone poles like comcast did in the USA on the east coast to give its users "roaming" wireless access?

I have no idea... I told someone to disconnect the power to the router to reset it , as they were having troubles and they said they couldn't get to it becuase it was on a pole.... I LOLed.

Yer surpised me its so low in the uk everyone seems to have wifi but like one of the people above said lets not forget cabled it has its use.

Here in Mexico it would be almost 100% of Internet users, starting to see many wireless networks around my home ( most of them using WEP encryption btw )

robert_dll said,
Here in Mexico it would be almost 100% of Internet users, starting to see many wireless networks around my home ( most of them using WEP encryption btw )

According to the report... Mexico 31.5%

lt8480 said,

According to the report... Mexico 31.5%


Didn't expect that, the biggest ISP here gives a wireless router to all new clients...

Ambroos said,
And it's complete chaos in the overcrowded 2.4Ghz band with all those AP's.

That's why I use a simultaneous dual-band wireless n. Thankfully my neighbors don't have 802.11n.

-Alex- said,
"While it is one of the biggest countries in the world in terms of population, the study says that India only has WiFi in 2.5 percent of its households"

Don't you think the first part of that sentence kinda explains the second half? 2.5% of households in India equates to 4.8m houses, or 28.8m people.

Source: [url=https://docs.google.com/viewer...rsIn4ERJ43Yg&pli=1]2001 Indian census[/url]


Doesn't EXPLAIN it at all, but isn't exactly helping the message by the author either.
It's a "meh" statement.

Also whohoo for Germany tehe

GS:win

I'm actually a little surprised. The last time that I went out to purchase some Cat5 cable the guy in the store acted like I was looking for something obsolete and pushed wireless on me pretty hard. I tried explaining that I HAVE wireless for things like my Kindle, Phone, laptop, etc but that I prefer to use Cat5 for my PC as well as my gaming consoles because it's more reliable. He looked at me as if I'd insulted his mother. >.>

Phouchg said,
Now that's weird. How do Koreans play their national sports given the certain WiFi LAAAAAGGG!!11!!>>> ?

I know it's sarcasm but I'll bite anyway. Brood War is dying a slow death in S. Korea at the moment, but all the professional events are done via LAN. Most of the non-professional players play at net cafes.

Amarok said,
I'm actually a little surprised. The last time that I went out to purchase some Cat5 cable the guy in the store acted like I was looking for something obsolete and pushed wireless on me pretty hard. I tried explaining that I HAVE wireless for things like my Kindle, Phone, laptop, etc but that I prefer to use Cat5 for my PC as well as my gaming consoles because it's more reliable. He looked at me as if I'd insulted his mother. >.>

What an idiot. Wireless is the way to go for certain devices but you'll never get a better connection that wired.

My house is wired with CAT 6. My two desktop computers, my two Blu-ray players, my Xbox 360, my Google TV and my Apple TV.

My wireless devices are the Nintendo Wii (quite frankly it's not an HD device and didn't merit a wired connection), iPad "3", Motorola Xoom, iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Player and my 2 laptops.

Imagine if all those were wireless? Insane!

Phouchg said,
Now that's weird. How do Koreans play their national sports given the certain WiFi LAAAAAGGG!!11!!>>> ?

koreans would beat north americans even with 1 sec latency.