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.