Global Wi-Fi Networks Over Time

Proof Point

Number of public and private Wi-Fi networks recorded on WIGLE website increased from 18.8 million in 2009 to 396.7 million in 2017, annual growth of 48.6%

Global Wi-Fi Networks Over Time

2009 – 2018 H1 (millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Wi-Fi Networks – Number of public and private wireless hotspots, physical areas where people can access Internet, as recorded and submitted on WIGLE (Wireless Geographic Logging Engine) website
  • Continuous Increase – Number of Wi-Fi networks registered on WIGLE website grew 49% annually between 2009 and 2017, from 18.8 million to 396.7 million
  • 2018 Growth – Increased by another 50 million in 2018 H1, reaching 446.6 million networks
  • Key Drivers – Include expanding network connectivity, increasing bandwidth speeds, continuous network infrastructure upgrades, and accelerating network technologies





Date Last Updated

September 4, 2018

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