Europe overtakes US in business use of WiFi

Some interesting stats on business WiFi usage were released this week by iPass, the global Internet roaming service facilitator.

According to iPass, during the second quarter of this year, the number of business users of WiFi in Europe exceeded those in the US for the first time.

Europe's business WiFi usage growth year on year was 89 per cent, with our region accounting for an amazing 47 per cent of global business WiFi hot spots, compared to 45 per cent in the US.

iPass reckons that the top three cities for business use of Wi-Fi were London, Singapore, and Tokyo.

So what does this mean? It means that WiFi is close to becoming ubiquitous. Unfortunately for users, however, most private hotspots are secured and therefore largely inaccessible by public users, even with an iPass subscription.

And this, I predict, is where WiFi's seeds of self-destruction are planted.

Unlike GSM or 3G cellular, which is a public network standard, WiFi is predominantly for private wireless networking only.

In ten years we'll all be using 3G and 4G wireless and WiFi will be a thing of the past.

Which is a pity, as it has such great potential...