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Taiwan ranks ninth in quality of hotel Wi-Fi, report says

CONNECTIONS:Asia led the US and Europe in terms of quality of hotel Wi-Fi, but lagged behind in offering free service, Hotel Wi-Fi Test Inc said

Staff writer, with CNA, Brussels

Taiwan ranks ninth in the world for quality of hotel Wi-Fi and the prevalence of free in-room Wi-Fi at hotels, according to Hotel Wi-Fi Test Inc, an online service that collects, analyzes and distributes hotel Wi-Fi data from around the world.

The report released on Jan. 20 said that 75.7 percent of Taiwan’s hotels were rated as having adequate Wi-Fi and 85 percent of them offer free in-room Wi-Fi.

South Korea was the leader in hotel Wi-Fi quality at 92 percent, 7.1 percentage points higher than second-place Japan’s 84.9 percent, in the service’s rankings of 50 countries and areas in North America, Europe and Asia.

Ukraine had the world’s third-best hotel Wi-Fi quality, followed by Switzerland, Romania, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Taiwan and Hungary, according to Hotel Wi-Fi Test.

Hotels judged as having adequate Wi-Fi had to provide an expected download speed of at least 3Mbps (the Netflix recommendation for SD-quality streaming) and an upload speed of 500kbps (the Skype recommendation for high-quality non-HD video calling).

The free Wi-Fi percentage was calculated as the percentage of hotels that offer free in-room Wi-Fi among all hotels for which the Wi-Fi price structure and availability is known.

The report said that hotels in Europe were 33 percent more likely to have adequate Wi-Fi than hotels in the US, but US hotels were 14 percent more likely to offer free Wi-Fi than European hotels.

Asia ranked higher than Europe or the US for hotel Wi-Fi quality (49.5 percent), but had the lowest percentage of hotels offering free in-room Wi-Fi (61.2 percent) among the three areas, the report said.

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