There are close to 500 public hotspots in London — up from 364 in 2006 — over 27% more places to access

The number of wireless access points — including public hotspots and business networks — continues to rise at an explosive rate in the world’s major financial centers, as revealed today by research commissioned by RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC). The survey’s findings also indicate that the call for stronger security in wireless networks is starting to resonate among businesses.

The largest year-over-year increase in wireless adoption was found in London, where there are 160 percent more wireless access points (APs) than in 2006. The percentage increase in New York was a substantial 49 percent; and in Paris, 44 percent. Looking purely at business access points, London also leads, with a 180 percent leap over last year, as compared to jumps of 57 percent and 45 percent New York and Paris, respectively.

We’ve come across a handy site that has over 6500 wifi hotspots listed in the UK.

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