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Facts about Wi-Fi Impacts

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Digital Divide – Here and Now

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UNICEF Report Says

31 per cent of schoolchildren worldwide (463 million) cannot be reached by the broadcast- and Internet-based remote learning policies either due to the lack of necessary technological assets at home, or because they were not targeted by the adopted policies . 3 out of 4 students who cannot be reached by the remote learning policies come from rural areas and/or belong to the poorest households

GSMA reported

In total, 47% of the world’s population (approximately 3.6 billion people) do not use the Internet. Lack of coverage is one reason for this: Approximately 10% of the world’s people live beyond the reach of a mobile network

World Economic Forum researched

Coronavirus has exposed the digital divide like never before.• Globally only 55% of households have internet. In poorer countries, this drops to below 20%. Women 223% less likely than men to have access to the internet than men.


COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the widening digital divide. The digital divide within all nations and between advanced and developing economies has been further exposed by the pandemic.

WBA Industry Report

Wi-Fi usage has boomed during the pandemic. During the lockdown, traffic patterns inevitably shifted from an office setting to a home setting. Wi-Fi limited the impact of social isolation by enabling business, education, healthcare, and other services to move online

NBC News

Inequalities Amplified By COVID-19 Highlight Internet Access As Privilege

The Aspen Institute

Roughly one-in-five American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users with no access to home broadband service or laptops. Low-income communities are particularly disadvantaged. As schools move to distance learning, workers are displaced from their jobs and public services move online, the need for an affordable, reliable broadband connection and productivity technology is even more acute

Wi-Fi Alliance Study

Economic impact of Wi-Fi in the U.S. is expected to reach $4.9 trillion by 2025. It is estimated that the economic impact of Wi-Fi in the U.S. is expected to reach $4.9 trillion by 2025, representing a 150% increase from the last estimate in 2018.

Cisco Visual Networking Index

Globally, total public Wi-Fi hotspots will grow sevenfold from 2015 to 2020, from 64.2 million in 2015 to 432.5 million by 2020

WBA Annual Industry Report

Nearly 80% of respondents believe they will deploy Next Gen Wi-Fi by 2020, driven by the need to improve quality of experience (QoE), reduce churn, and provide seamless access between Wi-Fi networks, and between Wi-Fi and licensed networks

Quality of Service on Carrier Grade Wi-Fi Whitepaper

Despite the good evolution in recent years of industry standards that allow a device to seamlessly and securely connect to Wi-Fi hotspots broadcasting in unlicensed spectrum, there are still shortcomings around making QoS metrics on Wi-Fi technology.

IoT – New Vertical Value Chains & Interoperability

85% of companies have made IoT a key focus area over the last 12 months. Companies consider IoT service and network interoperability, and roaming are important for areas such as smart city and automotive in dense environments. The use of Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) based on PasspointTM certified Wi-Fi equipment to facilitate the adoption of IoT services using unlicensed based radio technologies. Wi-Fi hotspots will be key for the development of IoT applications and services.

Connected City Blueprint

Cities have a responsibility to ensure that connectivity is accessible to all – citizens, businesses and city services. This means it is imperative for city managers and CIOs who’ve successfully implemented connectivity to share plans and highlight the benefits of connected cities in a way for all to understand.

Wi-Fi Spectrum Needs Study – Quotient Associates

A study commissioned by the Wi-Fi Alliance indicates that by 2020, Wi-Fi networks around the world will need access to significantly more mid-band spectrum than is currently available in the 5 GHz range to satisfy expected growth in Wi-Fi data traffic, maybe even up to 1.8 GHz more spectrum by 2025

WBA Annual Industry Report

Operators remain a key partner for cities, compared to infrastructure vendors or systems integrators, and are key in supporting and providing CAPEX, OPEX, maintenance and revenue sharing or generation