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WiFi Hotspots Showing Up Across Europe

Europe Leads World In WiFi Hotspots

IDC is predicting that Europe will be running ahead of all other nations, towards wide-spread use of wireless networks. According to IDC, over the next three years, European markets will see increases in the number of WiFi hotspots by over 400%.

Collectively there are about 25,000 WiFi hotspots across Europe. By 2008, IDC is predicting, there will be four times as many hotspots, numbering 110,000. with record-setting mobile subscription rates.

Intel's Christian Morales, general manager for the European region, said, "2005 looks set to be another breakthrough year for WiFi in Europe with technology transforming laptop PCs into highly-mobile, multi-purpose entertainment devices."

New chips from Intel, designed to run applications on wireless networks, will be responsible for increased demand for wireless connectivity in Europe. Morales said, "The introduction of notebook PCs with next-generation Intel Centrino mobile technology to be released imminently will deliver added benefits for wireless users and is likely to generate increased demand and further growth in this sector."

IDC said increased consumer demand for WiFi will lead to strong sales in laptop computers. The notebook market IDC predicts will experience year-on-year growth between 19.9% and 23.2% in 2005 in the EMEA region.

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