October 18, 2010 00:15 ET

Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Influence Venue Choice for 95% of Users, Says In-Stat

No Free Wi-Fi Hotspot? Find Me Another Place

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) -  Availability of free Wi-Fi does influence venue choice. According to In-Stat's ( new Wi-Fi Hotspot research, nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated that free Wi-Fi influences their choice of venue. An additional 31% indicated that free access may influence their choice, and just 5% said that it would have no influence over venue choice. 


"Our research shows that while revenue may not always be directly gleaned from the hotspot offering, free Wi-Fi has a significant value in bringing customers to a venue," says Amy Cravens, Market Analyst. "It's no wonder then that over 150 thousand café/retail venues have now deployed Wi-Fi hotspots, although not all of these are free. That's in addition to the tens of thousands of travel-related installations (hotels, airports, in-flight) worldwide." 

Some of the research findings include:

  • Worldwide annual hotspot connects, or sessions, will reach over 2 billion by the end of 2010 with annual hotspot connects anticipated to grow to over 11 billion by 2014.
  • Asia/Pacific will have about one quarter of the worldwide hotspot venues over the forecast period.
  • By 2012, handhelds are anticipated to account for half of hotspot connects. 
  • The total worldwide hotspot market size will swell to 319,200 venues by year-end.

Recent In-Stat research, Worldwide Wi-Fi Hotspot Usage Soars, but is Model Sustainable? (#IN1004769WS) examines the worldwide market for public Wi-Fi access in hotspots (airports, cafés/restaurants/bars, convention centers, hotels, retail, marinas, outdoor hospitality and public areas). Included in the research is:

  • Worldwide market potential, usage, business models and competitive analysis for the hotspot market. 
  • Worldwide venue forecasts segmented by region and type of venue.
  • Worldwide usage forecasts segmented by business versus consumer, by access device.
  • Equipment forecasts include a Wi-Fi AP forecast.
  • All forecasts provide aggregate and annual deployment numbers and are segmented by region and venue type.

For a free sample contact Elaine Potter,, (480) 483-4441.

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Contact Information

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    Amy Cravens
    Market Analyst
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    Phone: (480) 483-4451

    Rick Vogelei
    Marketing Manager
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    Phone: (480)483-4476