Cell Phone Maker Predicts Demise for Wi-Fi Hotspots

Computerworld – Framingham,MA,USA
As mobile broadband takes off, Wi-Fi hot spots will become as irrelevant as telephone booths, LM Ericsson Telephone Co. Chief Marketing Officer Johan Bergendahl said Monday.

Mobile broadband is growing faster than mobile or fixed telephony ever did, Bergendahl said.

As more people start using mobile broadband, hot spots will no longer be needed. “Hot spots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era,” said Bergendahl.

But challenges still remain. Coverage, availability and price — especially when someone is roaming on other networks — are all key factors for success.
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