25 Percent of Global Households have Wi-Fi in 2014, says Strategy Analytics

Wi-Fi Penetration in Fixed-Line Broadband Households Reaches 65 Percent

Nov 05, 2014, 03:00 ET from Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 450 million households worldwide currently have Wi-Fi networks set up in 2014, a 5 percent increase from 2013 according to the Strategy Analytics report, "Global Broadband and WLAN (Wi-Fi) Networked Households Forecast 2009-2018."

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  • The Netherlands, South Korea, and Norway lead the world in terms of the share of households with Wi-Fi networks, chiefly due to high fixed-line broadband penetration in these countries.
  • The United States ranks 11th globally due to slower adoption of Wi-Fi routers and relatively low broadband penetration compared to other developed markets.
  • Regarding total Wi-Fi households, China leads the world with 108 million, followed by the United States at 72 million, and Japan at 30 million.

Total Household Wi-Fi Penetration Ranking (%)

2014




1

Netherlands

80.4%

2

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

57.8%

Source: Strategy Analytics

 

Quotes:

Eric Smith, Analyst of Connected Home Devices, 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."

Jason Blackwell, Director of Service Provider Strategies, added: "Broadband penetration in developed markets is reaching saturation point and emerging markets face infrastructure costs in expanding fixed-line broadband access. As a result, many households will begin relying on their mobile data plans, impeding further growth in fixed-line broadband penetration and Wi-Fi network adoption for heavy data demand. Meanwhile, fixed-line broadband service providers will be keen to roll out multimedia home gateways and even standalone Wi-Fi routers to subscribers in the hope of increasing ARPU and providing a higher quality of service on their networks."

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US Contact: Eric Smith, +1 617 614 0752, esmith@strategyanalytics.com
Additional Contact: Jason Blackwell, +1 617 614 0747, jblackwell@strategyanalytics.com

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