The report, issued by the company HotelWiFiTest.com, puts figures around both the quantity and quality of hotel Wi-Fi signals.
As our readers know, Internet access is one of the things TheTravelPro measures during hotel stays. My observation has been that download speeds of 1 Mbps are fairly standard for hotels; anything much above that is a pleasant surprise.
HotelWiFiTest, however, sets a higher standard.
The results may surprise you. Or perhaps not.
According to the report, which is available here, the best country for hotel Wi-Fi quality is South Korea. The best city worldwide is Stockholm, Sweden; the best city in the United States is Portland, Ore.
The United States is only in the 21st percentile for hotel Wi-Fi quality, meaning 79 percent of countries have better hotel Wi-Fi quality overall than the U.S. In Europe, it is 33 percent more likely that a hotel will have adequate Wi-Fi than in the United States.
That said, it is 14 percent more likely that a hotel will offer free in-room Wi-Fi in the United States.
The free Wi-Fi percentage is calculated as a ratio of hotels that offer free in-room Wi-Fi to all hotels for which the Wi-Fi price structure and availability is known, the report said.
“In our view, hotel Wi-Fi is a synonym for in-room Wi-Fi; therefore, hotels that offer free Wi-Fi only in public areas are not counted as hotels with free Wi-Fi,” the report continued.
In the U.S., 85 percent of hotels offered free Wi-Fi, but only 35 percent of the Wi-Fi signals met the company’s quality standards. For comparison, 75 percent of European hotels offered free Wi-Fi, and 46 percent of hotel Wi-Fi signals met the quality standards. Figures for Asia closed the gap further, with 61 percent offering free Wi-Fi, and 50 percent of hotel signals achieving quality standards.
“Hotel WiFi Test lets travelers test [Wi-Fi] while they are at a hotel and then provides this crowdsourced data to [other] travelers who want help selecting a hotel that has fast [Wi-Fi],” Yaroslav Goncharov, CEO of Hotel WiFi Test, told TheTravelPro in an email. Travelers go to HotelWiFiTest.com’s home page, identify their hotel, click on a “test” box to check their connection speed, then report their results. There is also a search function that allows visitors to “Find hotels with fast Wi-Fi.”
Business travelers know how important a fast Internet connection is when sending and receiving large files such as lengthy or graphics-heavy presentations. Whether meeting with a client one-on-one or presenting at a conference or other gathering, time is literally money.
As we go father into the 21st century and become even more reliant on fast, dependable and economical connectivity, tools like HotelWiFiTest.com will become ever more valuable.
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