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Monday, November 17, 2014

A quarter of all households around the world now have WiFi

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 Penetration
1 Netherlands 80.4%
2 South Korea 76.4%
3 Norway 76.2%
4 United Kingdom 72.1%
5 Belgium 69.8%
6 Denmark 67.8%
7 France 67.5%
8 Sweden 65.0%
9 Japan 63.2%
10 Canada 61.0%
11 United States of America 57.8%

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]

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