How important is Wi-Fi to college students? Here are a few impressive facts from a 2008 survey conducted by Wakefield Research for the Wi-Fi Alliance. Keep in mind this survey was conducted before tablets hit the market or smartphones had penetrated 50 percent of the population:
Fully 90% believe Wi-Fi access is as essential to an education as a classroom or a computer.
Wi-Fi has become so prevalent on college campuses that ABI Research said Wi-Fi penetration should reach 99% of all campuses by 2013. Colleges worldwide spent about $137 million in 2007 on Wi-Fi access points and controllers, a figure that's expected to grow to $837 million in 2013, according to ABI.
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The survey was correct in pointing out that Wi-Fi would be ubiquitous in 2013, but few would have predicted that colleges would already be clamoring for gigabit connections. The infographic below outlines how college students are accessing Wi-Fi for school and personal use and highlights a few schools that are making the push for superfast connections.