The number of worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots has surpassed the 100,000 milestone according to recent numbers released by JiWire, provider of Wi-Fi hotspot information and services. A hotspot is a physical address where people can connect to a public wireless network, such as a cafe, hotel or airport.
JiWire's "Top Ten" lists count the number of verified public hotspots in cities and countries around the world, serving as a dependable indicator of local Wi-Fi adoption. Seoul (2,056) tops JiWire's list of WiFi friendly cities list for having the greatest number of hotspot locations, followed by Tokyo (1,802) and London (1,627). The top domestic Wi-Fi cities are San Francisco (801), New York (643), and Chicago (501).
Numbers indicate a 87% growth on the number of worldwide hotspots from From January 2005 to January 2006, with the number of countries where Wi-Fi hotspots are available reaching 115.
The top three Wi-Fi countries in January 2005 were the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, whereas in January 2006 the top three countries are the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea.