Two WLAN hotspot surveys are out (or rather publicised for the first time). this week and both predict roaring trade. There’s a difference opinion over the numbers, but both InStat/MDR and TeleAnalytics (TA) predict big growth. By 2006, InStat reckons that WLAN hotspots will reach 46,000 worldwide, up from 2,000 in 2001. TA says there will be 47,000 hotspots in hotels alone. The lion’s share of activity in the short term will take place in North America, according to InStat, but don’t forget Japan or Korea, TA recommends – in the latter country the big two telecoms firms are gunning for 25,000 hotspots by the end of this year.