Glancing at the charts on JiWire’s newlook website of the top 10 Wi-Fi countries and cities, I wondered whether it was worth taking a closer look at the figures to see if there’s any conclusions we could draw about the wireless revolution.
The figures only include those commercially available hotspots, as far as I can figure out. But they’re still interesting. In sheer numbers London is way ahead with more than 1,200 hotspots, followed by Tokyo (904) and New York (851) . But all these cities are different sizes. How about hotspots per capita? Taking populations of the metropolitan areas of these cities things look a bit different.
If the figures are correct, then Paris has by far the most hotspots with about 35 per 100,000 people, followed by London with about 17 and Singapore with just under 16. Of U.S. cities, Chicago comes out ahead of New York and San Francisco .
Aware that by looking at metropolitan areas only these results may be distorted a little, I looked at JiWire’s country figures. The U.S. is way ahead in terms of numbers with more than 24,000 hotspots. The UK has less than half that with Japan the only Asian country putting in an appearance in the top 10. But what about when the ‘Hotspot Per 100,000 People’ rule is applied?
Once again things look different. Switzerland, with only 1,300 hotspots, has more than 17 per 100,000 people which is about the same level of access Londoners have. Indeed, the whole of the UK appears to be pretty well provided for: With nearly 10,000 hotspots, there are more or less the same number of hotspots per 100,000 throughout the country as there are in the capital . Elsewhere the picture is less impressive: The U.S. falls into third place with exactly half the ratio of hotspots in the UK with Germany France and Australia trailing behind. Japan, with less than two hotspots per 100,000 people is clearly not worth traveling around with a Wifi laptop as aren’t Italy and Spain .
And finally, without wanting to be biased, the ‘country’ chart doesn’t include Hong Kong and Singapore, both of them separate adminstrative entities that happen also to be cities. Given that, they both put in a good performance in the ‘country’ chart too, with Singapore coming only slightly behind Switzerland and UK and Hong Kong roughly on a par with Germany.
Conclusion? Looking for a Wifi-friendly place to live outside the U.S.? Try the UK or Switzerland in Europe, and Singapore in Asia.