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Annual RSA survey finds more access points in London than any other city.

The mobile generation demands access to the internet, email, and corporate networks wherever they roam in the office and around the city. To provide the always-connected access that people today want requires Wi-Fi hotspots both private and public.

RSA has conducted its annual Wireless Security Survey and dubbed London as the world's wireless network capital with a total of 12,276 access points detected. The number of access points detected in London exceeded those found in New York City by more than 3,000.

London and New York City may have the largest numbers of access points, but the survey found that Paris was the fastest growing city in the world for wireless access with a massive 543% year-over-year growth in access points.

The rate of yearly growth in London was 72% compared to 160% last year and in New York City access point growth was a much more modest 45%, down from 49% last year. The survey also looked at the type of security encryption used for the access points detected and specifically looked at the percentage of private home and business access points using the easily bypassed WEP encryption standard.

The survey found that in New York City 97% of corporate wireless networks were using encryption compared to 76% last year. In Paris 94% had encryption in place and according to the study a significant 20% of wireless networks in London lacked any encryption at all. 72% of the access points in Paris were using forms of encryption other than WEP while only 49% of networks in NYC were using encryption other than WEP and 48% in London were using other than WEP encryption.

London has more home wireless networks than corporate ones with 6,730 or 55% of networks discovered identified as home user networks. Home networks accounted for 18% of access points in NYC and 21% of access points in Paris. Home users are more adept at using strong encryption than business users. A full 98% of in-home networks are encrypted in Paris, 97% of home networks are encrypted in NYC and 90% in London.

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100% WiFi covered country
By digitalw on 10/29/2008 5:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know is this in the subject of this article but since a year or 2, Macedonia (as a whole country) is 100% covered covered with wireless signal! If I'm not wrong, it this was announced on BBC. So, maybe the real measurement would be not how many hot spots you have but how many hots pots/persons in the city/country you have? :)

RE: 100% WiFi covered country
By on 10/29/2008 6:18:55 PM , Rating: 1
Haha! Lets not be silly now! We both know that America is the centre of the universe!

RE: 100% WiFi covered country
By xsilver on 10/29/2008 6:47:09 PM , Rating: 2

I just thought fatcamaro revolved around fitcamaro...

RE: 100% WiFi covered country
By FITCamar0 on 10/30/2008 7:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
Its been tough to keep track lately

RE: 100% WiFi covered country
By FITCamar0 on 10/30/2008 7:12:06 AM , Rating: 2
While you are correct about the US being at the center of the universe, that's a lame copy cat name, mate

RE: 100% WiFi covered country
By on 11/17/2008 8:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
now listen here, mate, i dont need some lame imitation telling me (the LEGITIMATE fi7camaro), that im a imitation when im sitting here looking at a imitation(which is you), you imitating imitation.

we should be banding together, not bickering against one another!

Wifi Hotspots
By ghost101 on 10/29/2008 3:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of access points don't use encryption because they use other methods. BT/T-mobile hotspots arent encrypted but unless you have a paid for account you won'r be able to access anything other than some free sites (BBC etc.). My university wifi network also doesnt have encryption but you won't be able to access the internet without an account.

In addition, this survey only took place in London, NY and Paris. I wonder how Tokyo or Seoul compares.

RE: Wifi Hotspots
By ghost101 on 10/29/2008 3:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
Also I wonder what their sampling methods are. Can you truly find a similar area in each city to compare with each other? Do you need lots more proxies to account for demographics, wealth etc when you compare the picked sample area. Maybe a high street in NY is different to Paris. Whats the redidential density of the given locations?

RE: Wifi Hotspots
By AnnihilatorX on 10/29/2008 7:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of access points don't use encryption because they use other methods.

If they are simply gateway with a password or access control then it's not safe either, because eavesdropping is possible on the unencrypted data packets.

The only other method that is safe is to use SSL.

what about japan
By kevinkreiser on 10/29/2008 3:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
seriously, no japanese cities? that's kind of shocking but honestly I don't really know too much about japan.

RE: what about japan
By Hieyeck on 10/29/2008 4:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
Their cell networks are faster than our WAPs. I'm pretty sure they don't need them.

Doesn't account for "honey pots"
By Lord 666 on 10/29/2008 1:37:12 PM , Rating: 3
Just because an AP is encryptionless doesn't mean it was ignorantly setup that way.

Toothless drunks
By FITCamar0 on 10/29/2008 5:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
Is having the most wifi an accomplishment?

Rule Britannia, Baby
By kelmon on 10/30/2008 8:38:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's not often we get to say that.

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