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Waikiki Beach Wi-Fi ranks among nation's fastest

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 03:03 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2014

At 1.6 mbps, the Wi-Fi offered on Waikiki Beach is among the fastest at the nation's top beaches, according to recent data by the company Wefi.

The company, which specializes in mobile intelligence and network analytics, found one of Hawaii's most famous beaches to have the seventh-fastest Wi-Fi speeds in the U.S., behind No. 1 Clearwater Beach in Florida (2.9 mbps) and other beaches in Florida, New Jersey, California and South Carolina.

"The data was not broken out between free and paid Wi-Fi," said David Fishman, Wefi chief marketing officer. "If the user had a password and was able to get connected, it was used as a marker for the speed; all of this data was averaged together to generate the final insights," he said.

ShakaNet has provided free Wi-Fi in Waikiki since 2006 in its Wireless Waikiki initiative. ShakaNet technical support staff confirm the WiFi connectivity it provides in the heavily traveled tourist spot is free.

The study of some 45 million Wi-Fi hotspots conducted between April 1 and June 15, also rated hotels and airports.

Red Roof Inns were found to have the fastest Wi-Fi connectivity, at 4.34 mbps, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport topped the airports rankings with 4.63 mbps.

Honolulu International Airport was not among the top 12 cited by the company.

Online: http://is.gd/wefiWiFi2014

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Erika, maybe compare to typical locations, such as McDonald's.
on July 17,2014 | 08:12AM
Holomua wrote:
It's because no one's there to use it.
on July 17,2014 | 08:16AM
MillionMonkeys wrote:
Great, now the homeless can quietly surf the 'Net instead of smoking drugs and yelling at each other all day.
on July 17,2014 | 08:47AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Like they say...best place to be homeless is Hawaii!
on July 17,2014 | 09:23AM
DemBones wrote:
Who's providing this amazing service, can't be Oceanic...
on July 17,2014 | 11:02AM
hilopango wrote:
I can't see the need to be "connected" all the time. If you're sitting on a beautiful beach, enjoying the sun, wind, and surf, why should there be a need to connect to your social media or check your emails? Enjoy the day without the electronics!
on July 17,2014 | 11:09AM
cojef wrote:
You're the man, chill out and leave the gadgets at home. Why bring the problems with you.
on July 17,2014 | 11:43AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Hey...how else are we supposed to pose up-to-date selfies on Facebook?
on July 17,2014 | 11:49AM
dyw001 wrote:
If you don't want to be connected, that's your decision, but leave us alone!
on July 17,2014 | 11:58AM
awahana wrote:
That's some sad throughput speeds, compared to public free wifi in Asia and Europe. Even Africa!
Americans don't travel enough to know how behind we are...
on July 17,2014 | 04:16PM
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