Wireless Web Digest: Gartner Projects More Than 71,000 Public Wireless Hot Spots in 2003
Retail outlets including coffee shops, gas stations and restaurants made up the majority of hot-spot locations in 2002. Gartner predicts these outlets will continue to lead the industry through 2005, when the projected number of worldwide hot spots reacheGartner Projects More Than 71,000 Public Wireless Hot Spots in 2003 The number of public WLAN hot spots will to grow to 71,000 in 2003 from about 1,200 in 2001, according to a Gartner report released this week. Retail outlets including coffee shops, gas stations and restaurants made up the majority of hot-spot locations in 2002. Gartner predicts these outlets will continue to lead the industry through 2005, when the projected number of worldwide hot spots reaches 151,768. Gartner research shows companies are installing WLANs for internal needs and then creating virtual LAN segments they can sell to offset costs.
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