Corporate Wi-Fi usage in the U.S. hasn’t grown much but has seen a sharp spike in Europe and Latin America, according to new data released by iPass. While Latin America represents a fairly small number of users, Rick Bilodeau, VP of corporate and channel marketing at iPass, believes the high price of roaming on cellular data networks in Europe makes Wi-Fi a more economical option for business travelers and other corporate users. IPass provides Wi-Fi and cellular data access through agreements with network operators for corporate customers.
Most of those accessing Wi-Fi are still doing so in airports and hotels, but as places such as McDonald’s rolling out networks, restaurants are also growing in popularity. In addition to restaurants, network growth will likely also come from service rollouts in train stations and European hotels, said Bilodeau.
And for those wondering which cities and airports sport the greatest numbers of corporate Wi-Fi users, London is the top metro and Chicago O’Hare is the top airport.