Home broadband and home Wi-Fi go hand in hand, right? After all, if you’re going to have a cable, DSL or fiber connection you might as well use it to connect as many phones, PCs and other devices as possible. But the reality is a large portion of the broadband household see their internet connections stop at the end of a cable, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics.
The report found that only 65 percent of the 690 million global residential fixed broadband connections terminate in a wireless router, meaning 239 million homes are still connecting their PCs and other devices to their modems through wires.
“Contrary to common perception, not all consumers have embraced Wi-Fi networks in their homes despite the fact that global connected devices per household stand at 5.5 in 2014,” Strategy Analytics connected home analyst Eric Smith said in a statement.
This isn’t just lag in developing markets. In the U.S. only 58 percent of broadband households have set up a Wi-Fi network, Strategy Analytics found. The countries with the highest Wi-Fi penetration tend to be in Northern Europe and East Asia due to their early adoption of broadband technologies. Four out ever five broadband households in the Netherlands, for instance, have Wi-Fi, according to the report.
Smith, however, added that Strategy Analytics predicts home Wi-Fi adoption will ramp up in the next few years, embedding itself in 80 percent of broadband households by 2018.