17 Jul 2014

wefi Reveals Top U.S. Locations for the Best Wi-Fi Connectivity During Summer Travel Season

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FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - Jul 17, 2014) - Key travel considerations have changed dramatically as more and more people rely on their mobile devices to stay connected while away from home. With two thirds of Americans planning at least one leisure trip this summer,wefi, the market leader in delivering actionable mobile intelligence and network analytics, today revealed the top U.S. hotels, beaches and airports with the best Wi-Fi connectivity for these road warriors. As evidenced in wefi's findings, not all destinations provide the same level of connectivity.

wefi collected data from more than 45 million hotspots based on the implementation of itsintelligent network selection solution within multiple cable operators throughout the U.S. The metrics are based on a 45-day average of Wi-Fi speeds for each location starting from April 1 to June 15, 2014.

As mobile devices have become more and more essential to people on the road, it's important to consider places with the best bandwidth connectivity. If traveling by air, consider that the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan offers the fastest Wi-Fi, closely followed by Denver International Airport in Colorado. For beach-goers, Clearwater Beach, Florida tops the list of beaches with the fastest Wi-Fi, while four of the top nine are located in California. Detailed key findings include:

Top Hotels with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

Red Roof Inns (4.34 mbps)
Sleep Inn (4.14 mbps)
Ramada (3.69 mbps)
Holiday Inn (3.68 mbps)
Best Western (3.66 mbps)
Aloft Hotels (3.42 mbps)
Studio 6 (3.22 mbps)
Hilton (3.17 mbps)
Quality Inns (3.15 mbps)
Four Points by Sheraton (3.04 mbps)
Comfort Inn (2.99 mbps)
Candlewood Suites (2.69 mbps)
Radisson (2.43 mbps)
Clarion (2.42 mbps)
Doubletree Hotel (2.32 mbps)

Top Beaches with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

Clearwater Beach, Florida (2.9 mbps)
Atlantic City, New Jersey (2.8 mbps)
Mission Beach, California (2.1 mbps)
South Beach Miami, Florida (1.9 mbps)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (1.8 mbps)
Santa Monica, California (1.8 mbps)
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii (1.6 mbps)
Newport Beach, California (1.2 mbps)
Hermosa Beach, California (1.1 mbps)

Top Airports with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

Detroit Metropolitan Airport, MI (4.63 mbps)
Denver International Airport, CO (4.33 mbps)
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, FL (3.74 mbps)
Los Angeles International Airport, CA (3.29 mbps)
Washington Dulles International Airport, VA (3.09 mbps)
Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, AZ (2.88 mbps)
LaGuardia Airport, NY (2.67 mbps)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, GA (2.66 mbps)
Logan International Airport, MA (2.51 mbps)
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, MN (2.45 mbps)
McCarran International Airport, NV (2.41 mbps)
San Francisco International Airport, CA (2.29 mbps)

As a nation, Americans have become increasingly dependent on Wi-Fi. According to aBroadcom Study, 60% can't go one full day without Wi-Fi access before seeking a connection and three in ten can't go one full hour without connectivity.

"It's no longer enough to just think about what to pack or where you're headed -- significant thought needs to be given to what Wi-Fi connectivity will be like while on the road," said Zur Feldman, Chairman and CEO of wefi. "Whether it's about staying plugged in and on top of things at work, sharing pictures with family and friends, streaming a movie for the kids or as simple as downloading mobile boarding passes before a flight, quality connectivity options are now an important consideration."