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Mobile Hotspot Tethering Handsets to Grow 400 by 2016

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As WiFi connectivity reaches 95% global smartphone sales penetration in 2011, an increasing number of handsets will have embedded mobile hotspot functionality, allowing seamless sharing of cellular data with other devices, like PCs, tablets, and e-readers. We forecast sales of mobile hotspot handsets to grow over 400% between 2011 and 2016. Major smartphone vendors are steadily expanding their portfolios of mobile hotspot phones, providing an alternative to less user-friendly tethering alternatives like Bluetooth and USB. This research note contains regional forecasts of mobile hotspot handset penetration, as well analysis of the technology’s drivers and adoption barriers.

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