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4 Billion Wi-Fi enabled devices in use around the world today

Research firm predicts that over 7 billion Wi-Fi devices will be in use globally by 2017.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Thu, Feb 27 2014 11:43 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

A new report from analytics firm Strategy Analytics has been published that looks at the number of Wi-Fi devices that are in use around the world today. According to the report, there are about 4 billion Wi-Fi devices in use globally.

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The research firm expects that number to grow to over 7 billion devices by 2017. A more interesting statistic is that Wi-Fi capability is now embedded in 68% of all consumer electronics devices sold in the US. If you look at the number of products with Wi-Fi sold around the world, 57% of all CE devices have Wi-Fi.

The biggest product category for Wi-Fi devices is mobile phones and tablets. Strategy analytics says that 59% of all Wi-Fi enabled devices fall into the mobile phone and tablet category. The second most common category for Wi-Fi devices is in the mobile computer (notebook) category.

Notebook and mobile computer shipments make up 9% of all Wi-Fi devices shipped. The numbers show that the average home has seven Wi-Fi devices inside today. I have more than that in my home and I bet many people out there do too. Wi-Fi is common in DVRs, portable devices, tablets, and even radios today. The report also shows that 802.11n is the baseline in most devices out there today.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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