Radicati forecasts strong growth in WiFi usage worldwide

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Palo Alto, Calif.--Worldwide usage of wireless fidelity (WiFi) networks is expected to grow from 42 million users in 2003 to 609 million by 2007, according to a new report by The Radicati Group, a research firm.

The report found that WiFi usage is currently very PC-centric, driven by laptops and handheld devices used for e-mail and Internet access.

WiFi “hotspots,” which are areas outside the home or office that allow users to connect to the Internet or private networks, are also growing, the report found. The number of WiFi hotspots will grow from 71,500 worldwide in 2003 to more than 477,000 in 2007, Radicati projects.

--Kate Maddox

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