Over 2.6bn wi-fi devices by 2014

Market watchers say TVs and Blu-ray players with wireless internet will soon be common
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There will be over 2.6 billion wi-fi enabled consumer devices by 2014, analysts claim.

According to Strategy Analytics, the retail value of the market will surpass $250 billion in the same year.

“Consumer demand for the 'everywhere web' will drive wi-fi adoption in mobile internet devices,” said Peter King of Strategy Analytics. “Even where 3G or 4G technologies are available, wi-fi will still be a preferred access route for many, as hot-spots and home networks proliferate.”

King added that, while currently most wi-fi enabled devices are mobile, by 2014 many consumers will own TVs and Blu-ray players capable of accessing wireless internet.