Press Release

Broadcom Study Shows Three in 10 Americans Cannot Go One Full Hour without a Wi-Fi Connection

Results Highlight America's Growing Dependence on Wi-Fi Connectivity

IRVINE, Calif. - May 15, 2012 -

News Highlights:

  • Survey shows three in 10 respondents cannot go one full hour without a Wi-Fi connection
  • 60 percent of respondents cannot go one full day without Wi-Fi access before seeking a connection
  • 39 percent of respondents would give up coffee for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 57 percent of respondents would give up Twitter for a month for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 50 percent of respondents would give up Facebook for a month for Wi-Fi connectivity

A new study of nearly 900 Americans highlights the country's growing dependence on Wi-Fi connectivity. The study, commissioned by Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, revealed that 60 percent of respondents cannot go a full day without Wi-Fi before seeking a connection. Three in 10 respondents said they would not last an hour without a Wi-Fi connection.

To have access to fast, reliable Wi-Fi, respondents said they would make various sacrifices. Nine in 10 would give up at least one of their favorite online activities in exchange for a Wi-Fi connection. Of that group, half would give up a social network like Twitter (57 percent) or Facebook (50 percent), while a third (34 percent) would give up emailing. Reliance on Wi-Fi is so strong that many would also sacrifice guilty pleasures. Of those surveyed, 43 percent would go without chocolate and 39 percent would go without coffee for a month to guarantee access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

The country's growing dependence on Wi-Fi connectivity is caused by greater demand for content, particularly of high-definition video on mobile devices. The 5th generation of Wi-Fi is now available to satisfy demand - 5G WiFi, based on 802.11ac. Broadcom's 5G WiFi streams content up to six times faster than legacy Wi-Fi and is six times more energy efficient, providing broader coverage and allowing numerous mobile devices to simultaneously connect to a network without impacting performance. For more information on 5G WiFi, please go to


Michael Hurlston, Senior Vice President, Mobile & Wireless Group, Broadcom
"Wi-Fi has become the connectivity equivalent to coffee. But legacy Wi-Fi wasn't built to handle the explosion of video consumption and the growing number of wireless devices being used today. To satisfy peoples' dependence on Wi-Fi, we need faster, broader, further-reaching and more energy-efficient Wi-Fi - 5G WiFi."

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Susan Vander May
Senior Manager, Public Relations (MWG)