A report published this week by Cisco during the Futurecom conference in Rio de Janeiro claims that Brazil is currently underserved when it comes to the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, accounting for only 0.5% of the global total of 777,000. Cisco’s Brazil president Rodrigo Abreu said that despite boasting the world’s fifth largest mobile subscriber base, behind China, India, the US and Indonesia, there were only 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots deployed in Brazil in June, compared to 180,000 in the UK alone at the same date. Abreu confirmed that Brazil’s mobile network operators are keen to utilise Wi-Fi to alleviate congestion of their 2G/3G networks, but are still assessing how best to monetise such a business model.
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