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Worldwide Wi-Fi Hotspots Reach 100K

The number of worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots has now surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to new statistics from JiWire, a provider of Wi-Fi hotspot information and services.

The company defines a hotspot as a physical address where people can connect to a public wireless network, such as a cafe, hotel or airport. JiWire said that Seoul, South Korea (2,056) has the greatest number of hotspot locations, followed by Tokyo, Japan (1,802) and London, England (1,627). The top domestic Wi-Fi cities are San Francisco (801), New York (643) and Chicago (501).

Locally around the nation's capital, the company said there are now 249 hotspots in Washington DC, 988 in Virginia and 712 in Maryland. "In just this past year, we've seen almost 100 percent growth in the number of hotspots around the world," said Kevin McKenzie, the CEO of JiWire.

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