UAE users mad for ‘hotspotting’

29% of users in the UAE visit an internet ‘hotspot’ every day, according to researched commissioned by Intel.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 3, 2005

29% of users in the UAE visit an internet ‘hotspot’ every day, according to recent findings by Paradigm Research, on behalf of Intel. Coffee shops and internet cafes just pipped hotels and airports - with 29% and 26% respectively - as the favourite venues for users to wirelessly access the internet. Paradigm was commissioned by Intel to gauge the thoughts of users in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the UAE, quizzing more than 300 people from all walks of life. This project took place in spring 2005 to coincide with the second anniversary of the launch of Intel’s Centrino mobile technology. “The sight of people busily tapping on wireless laptops in places as diverse as coffee shops, hotel lobbies and airports has become commonplace throughout the Middle East,” said Samir Al Schamma, Intel’s general manager for the GCC. “This study provides support for the view that users throughout the region believe that the ‘mobile’ dream has become reality for them,” he added.

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