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Wireless Census Reveals Shifts in Types of Wireless Devices in Use in Nth America

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Wireless networking service provider, Meraki has released a one day snapshot of the devices accessing its network in North America. The number of client devices, such as laptops and handheld devices, observed by the same set of Meraki access points grew dramatically by 41% from 149,687 devices on June 2nd 2008 compared to 211,190 on June 1st 2009.

The number of Apple devices observed, including laptops, iPhones and iPods, grew by an impressive 221%. Apple devices now represent 32% of all the devices seen by this set of Meraki networks in North America, compared to just 14% in 2008.

The number of WiFi compatible handheld devices also grew significantly. The number of Research In Motion (RIM) devices observed in North America grew by 419% from 2008 to 2009, and Nokia devices grew by 114%. In 2008, RIM devices represented just 2% of all devices observed, but grew dramatically to 8% for 2009. In 2008 and 2009, Nokia represented 1% and 2% of all devices, respectively.

Also a bold shift, the number of Intel client devices grew only slightly by 11%, from 35,471 in 2008 to 39,209 in 2009. Intel actually fell as a percent of all devices seen, from 24% in 2008 to 19% in 2009.

"It's unambiguous that more people are using more devices to access the Internet via WiFi than ever before," said Sanjit Biswas, CEO and co-founder of Meraki. "But the trends identified by the Meraki Wireless Census also reveal a lot about the devices people prefer and are gravitating towards. The growth in devices overall is impressive, but the growth for Apple, Nokia and RIM devices is stunning. It paints a vivid picture about how people now access the Internet, and the trends we can expect for years to come."

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