It is one of the biggest hopes for the near future, which progressively comes true with every new year – the global net of free Wi-Fi. And to some extent the world has already come to such a progress: at all parts of the Earth, in every country exists a net of free Wi-Fi hotspots.
And with the today's almighty smartphones with the mobile apps which can find free Wi-Fi spots and login details to them anywhere in the world – this dream is about to come true for every human individually! Wiffinity, Wi-Fi Space, Wi-Fi Map, Swift Wi-Fi – the list of the mobile apps ready to deliver such a happiness to you is quite long. You can read more on the best Wi-Fi hacker apps in our blog article.
Still, the chances of it are different in different countries, as the number of free Wi-Fi spots varies from country to country. This article is dedicated to how every part of the world contributes to the big dream of the worldwide free Wi-Fi net fulfillment, the world Wi-Fi statistics and Internet and Wi-Fi users statistics.
First of all, what is the number of publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots currently in the world? It is known that this number is growing exponentially, and in 2015 it was counting 50 million publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots. And only 2 years after their number grew more than three-fold, so that in 2017 the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots is 189 million worldwide. And what are the countries, which have the most of free Wi-Fi hotspots on their territories among all the countries? These countries are:
Having in 2015 13 million free Wi-Fi hotspots, France heads the list of countries with the biggest number of free Wi-Fi hotspots. Of course, these statistics were actual in 2015, still, it is near past, and most likely the trends are the same. Second in the list is the United States, with more than 9.8 million of free Wi-Fi hotspots, and the United Kingdom is the third, with 5.6 million of the free hotspots.
Ironically, but with the most of free Wi-Fi hotspots being situated in the Western European countries and America, the most part of Internet users (with the highest rate of their growth, too) live in Asia. The number of China's Internet users exceeds the US population for more than twice! And what country you think has the highest in the world Internet penetration? Some Western-European country or the US? - Nowhere near! It's the United Arab Emirates, with the 99 percent of its population being Internet users!
Returning to the statistic of the world Internet usage, Asian Internet users account for more than half (50.1%) of all the world's Internet audience. After Asia in terms of percentage of Internet users go such regions as:
One of the main reasons why it's the Asian region which is the first in terms of the number of Internet users, is obviously that this region is the most populated in the world.
Speaking about Internet penetration, we recently informed you about that despite of its official ideology, the world's highest Internet penetration is in country of the United Arab Emirates with the quota of Internet users making 99% of the population. But what is with other regions of the world? - To cut the answer short, the rating is the next:
And here we see an already different picture: the regions topping this list are the world's most developed regions.
Speaking about the Internet penetration in terms of the whole world, the number of Internet users is 3,885,567,619, what means 51,7% of the planet's population. And this makes the world's picture close to the Asian.
It might seem a bit surprising, but the most part of Internet users are the mobile Internet users. But this does not mean that those who use the mobile Internet do not use Internet via desktop, no. This means only that people use mobile Internet more often, and that the people who do not own a computer, own a mobile smart device, and it's understandable, as mobile devices are more affordable than computers or notebooks (especially, remembering about cheap Chinese devices). By August 2017 the number of mobile Internet users was 3,5 billion people.
Mobile e-commerce conversion in 2016 was $170 billion and by 2019 is predicted to be $694 billion. People even prefer to buy products via mobile devices for more money, than they do when making Internet-purchases via desktop ($115,52 against $106,98 accordingly). The reason for this can be the higher sense of security and shelteredness which mobile devices perhaps bring to people due to the small size and belonging only to one person. Still, this difference in total prices for the orders placed on mobile devices and desktops is not significant...
About the increased importance of mobile devices also witness the facts, that 52.21% of all Internet traffic is mobile traffic and 82% of people with the help of their smartphones make preliminary researches on the products they are going to buy. It is estimated, that by 2020 mobile e-commerce will account for 45% of all e-commerce.
It is also worth noticing that the huge shift in the usage of mobile Internet happened this year. This year it was reported that mobile traffic compiles 52,21% of all Internet traffic, and last year this figure was of 42,16%. This means, that during this sole year the quota of mobile traffic grew for 10,05%!
Back in 2015 one Wi-Fi hotspot was for every 150 people. By 2018 it is expected that one Wi-Fi hotspot will be for every 20 people. The number of Wi-Fi hotspots exponential growth is so intense, that from 50 million hotspots worldwide, it is expected to count for 340 million in 2018! And if this prognosis comes true, it will amaze!
We live in the technology development age, when technologies develop so fast that we feel like living 2 years equals living a decade of the preceding age. This age is also about the communication and fast information circulation, and this makes the everyday emerging of new shreds of the large free Wi-Fi fabric, which soon will cover the whole planet, perhaps leaving on it no unconnected place...