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15 Amazing Wifi Facts that You Probably Haven’t Heard of Yet

It is a fact that WiFi has revolutionized the way we study, work, and interact with one another. We are so accustomed to it these days that we don’t even give it a second thought and wonder how this invisible technology brought about so many vital changes in the modern world.

But you know what? We ought to know at least a few of the basic facts and stories linked to this wonderful piece of technology, in particular.

After all, this is something that has become an integral part of our domestic and professional life; and knowing something we use every day should not only be a part of our chores but should also be a part of our responsibilities.

Hence, here’s this list where I have highlighted a few extraordinary WiFi facts along with an infographic in the end for your reference.

Have a look.

FACT 1

The speed of WiFi has increased significantly with each release ranging from 54Mbps to 1.3 Gbps. Now we even have speeds as high as 10Gbps!

FACT 2

Currently, the global average internet speed is found to be around 5.6 MBps. South Korea storms ahead as the fastest country in the world in this category with an average internet speed of around 26.7 Mbps!

FACT 3

The end of 2013 saw more mobile devices than people on the face of the Earth.

FACT 4

A 5GHz WiFi connection usually starts at 4.9 GHz and goes all the way to 5.7 GHz. This can widely vary in areas based on the range of frequencies allowed.

FACT 5

Previously WiFi was known as FlankSpeed, WaveLAN, WECA, DragonFly and IEEE 802,11b Direct Sequence.

FACT 6

More than 2/3rd of enterprises, today, allow their employees to bring their own devices to work; a feat made possible only by the magic of WiFi.

FACT 7

WiFi has lately become the medium of choice among the people. More than 2/3rd of US customers prefer WiFi over cellular data as a result of its reliability and speed.

FACT 8

By 2020, it is estimated that we will have more than 50 billion WiFi devices worldwide used by more than 7.8. Billion people all over the globe.

FACT 9

More than 71% of mobile communication today happen on the WiFi.

FACT 10

Some of the most common BYOD (Bring-your-own-device) activities on WiFi comprise of:

  • Checking emails,
  • Checking schedules,
  • Banking,
  • Shopping, and
  • Socializing on social media.

FACT 11

Some of the strangest WiFi devices today include the likes of:

  • Umbrellas,
  • Walking sticks,
  • Water bottles,
  • Shirts, and
  • Cutlery.

FACT 12

It won’t be long when smart homes become a norm in the society. Currently, we have more than 150 million WiFi connected homes worldwide.

FACT 13

More than 64% of hotels offer free WiFi today.

FACT 14

Most business plan to increase their WiFi capacity by at least 20% in the coming years to facilitate backend and customer service operations.

FACT 15

The WiFi alliance was founded in the year 1999.

So that sums our list up. Let’s take a peek at the infographic now and sign off for the day.

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Steven Scheck is the Principal of Inspire WiFi, the nationwide leader of multifamily wifi and healthcare wifi. When he isn't bringing Wi-Fi to the masses, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and 4 kids and occasionally gets in a round of golf. He is also very involved in philanthropic causes in Miami and nationally.

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