A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that over 450 million households worldwide currently have a WiFi connection, which is a 5% increase from last year.
The UK is fourth on the list with 72.1% penetration, behind Norway (76.2%), South Korea (76.4%) and the Netherlands (80.4%). In terms of numeric totals, China leads the world with 108 million households, followed by the USA with 72 million and Japan with 30 million.
|Household WiFi penetration ranking
|2 South Korea
|4 United Kingdom
|11 United States of America
Eric Smith, Analyst of Connected Home Devices at Strategy Research, said “Contrary to common perception, not all consumers have embraced Wi-Fi networks in their homes despite the fact that global connected devices per household stand at 5.5 in 2014 – Wi-Fi router adoption in fixed-line broadband households still has much room to grow globally. As Wi-Fi technologies continue to advance, prices fall, and the technology becomes more familiar to the average consumer, nearly 80 percent of fixed-line broadband households will have established Wi-Fi networks by 2018.”
[Report: Global Broadband and WLAN (Wi-Fi) Networked Households Forecast 2009-2018]