Published on : Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Paris is the best city to allow people to stay connected as per TravelSim. TravelSim analysed 19 most visited destinations in the world to show which cities allow people to stay connected with minimal fuss. The cities were measured by the number of free wifi hotspots per km2, the number of airports with free wifi, the number of hotels and B&B’s with free wifi per km2, the average internet speed and the average cost per MB of data.
Paris takes top place with the highest number of wifi hotspots per km2 at 3,547, which is over triple that of Seoul in South Korea. The city also shows off 1,847 hotels and B&B’s that offer free wifi, giving the travellers plenty of choice of where to stay. The average speed in Paris is 24mbps, which is double that of Kuala Lumpur, and just over the world average of 22.95 mbps according to the data. The city ranked first in the connected city rankings with a score of 69.
Pattaya, scoring 48 out of 100, comes in second boasting an impressive 33,796 free wifi hotspots; 1,522 per km2, which is more than double that of Phuket, it’s Asian neighbour. Barcelona, scoring 46, comes in third with 177,583 free wifi hotspots (1,743 per km2), 1,130 hotels and B&B’s with free wifi and even free wifi at its airport.
Europe comes out as the best continent to keep the tourists and locals connected overall, with Paris, Barcelona and Milan all featuring in the top 10 connected cities.
New York was the only city under the continent of North America with 1,166,093 wifi spots. The Big Apple falls just 369,844 wifi spots shorter than all the European city destinations analysed combined.
Interestingly, despite there being 13 countries from the data located in Asia, this continent came bottom for connectivity with an average score of 17.9. Asia alone has 2,620,520 free wifi hotspots, which is 1,084,583 more than Europe.
Staying connected is important while travelling for both leisure and business. The demand for internet increases.
Helen Lauren, Head of Marketing and Online Sales, at TravelSim said that since accessing the internet when abroad becomes a bigger priority for travellers, it is important that major cities across the world ensure it is easily available to use.