According to new research from the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service, “Broadband and Wi-Fi Households Global Forecast 2012,” by the end of 2011, 439 million households worldwide had installed home Wi-Fi networks, equivalent to 25 percent of all households. This report predicts that the total worldwide number of Wi-Fi households will reach nearly 800 million in 2016, a penetration rate of 42 percent.
Jia Wu, Senior Analyst, Connected Home Devices, said, “Developed broadband markets are currently the leading countries in terms of Wi-Fi household penetration. However, because of its population size, China already has the highest number of Wi-Fi households in the world, followed by USA and Japan.” Kantideep Thota, Analyst, added, “As most broadband growth will come from Asia Pacific, the bulk of Wi-Fi household growth will also will take place in China, India and other emerging Asia Pacific countries. China alone will account for 31 percent of total Wi-Fi household growth over the next five years.”