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Intel ranks Asia's top wireless hotspots

Posted: 10 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel  wireless  dave ledesma  hotspot 

The Pacific Coffee Company's shop at Hong Kong Peak is Asia's top favorite wireless hotspot, according to a survey of 1,996 participants in 20 countries conducted by Intel Corp. Ranked second was the Starbucks Coffee Company at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia followed by the Suntec City Convention Centre in Singapore.

Results of the "Top 10 Asian Wireless Hotspots" survey indicate that wireless connectivity has now become a consumer lifestyle particularly for those needing information on local sites and restaurants. The findings show that 86.4 percent of the respondents used hotspots to gather information on restaurants, shopping destinations and local attractions while 83.7 percent checked their e-mails. Some 67 percent send or edit photos and about 60 percent use instant messaging. The survey confirms that there is an increasing number of people bringing their laptop PCs with them while traveling.

"This poll shows that wireless mobility is no longer just about the needs of business users in Asia; a completely new lifestyle has evolved around wireless devices," said Stephanie Hallford, Director of Mobility at Intel Asia-Pacific in a statement. "That's why people select specific locations to go online and have fun. Wireless hotspots, like our top ten winners, offering convenience, a nice view or specific amenities are attracting a new generation of wireless notebook users."

Rounding up the Top 10 list are:

  • 4. Singapore - Changi Airport (48.1 percent)

  • 5. Beijing - Beijing International Capital Airport (47.3 percent)

  • 6. Shanghai - Xintiandi (46.9 percent)

  • 7. Beijing - The Great Wall (43.8 percent)

  • 8. Hong Kong - Ocean Centre - Starbucks Coffee Company (43.8 percent)

  • 9. Taipei - The National Museum of History (42.6 percent)

  • 10. Korea - Jeju Island (41.9 percent)

The survey asked business and leisure travelers to pick 10 out of 36 most scenic, convenient or unusual places to access the Internet in Asia. Subcategories included:

  • The most fashionable and coolest location - Kenting, Taiwan

  • The most enjoyable computing experience - National Museum for History, Taipei

  • The most magnificent view and the most unexpected hotspot to be unwired - The Great Wall, Beijing

- Dave Ledesma

EE Times - Asia

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