Either Canadians responding to a recent survey don’t know what WiFi is, or pollster Decima Research has its data wrong. That is the conclusion I come to after reading David Akin’s precis of a Decima report about wireless “hot spots” in Canada. According to David, the Decima report says that “…one in 10 Canadians — not one in 10 Canadian Internet users, but one in 10 Canadians — have already accessed a wi-fi hotspot”.
As they say in the Valley, horse-hockey. Straight up, less than 10% Canadians have wireless-ready laptops, so the stat is demonstrably implausible. Unless Canadians like to borrow 802.11-enabled laptops from one another just for the frisson of having tried out a WiFi hotspot, something is seriously hosed here. Maybe Canadians misunderstood the question and are including all the times they felt radio waves bouncing off their parka at coffee shops.