mikesd81 writes: "PC Pro writes that Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots. "The rapid growth of mobile broadband is set to make Wi-Fi hotspots irrelevant," according to an Ericsson executive. "Hotspots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era," claimed Ericsson's chief marketing officer Johan Bergendahl, speaking to delegates at the European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference in Stockholm. However, he admitted challenges remain for mobile broadband. "Industry will have to solve the international roaming issue," he said. "Carriers need to work together. It can be as simple as paying 10 euros per day when you are abroad." He also pointed to a lack of coverage as a potential hindrance to the growth of the technology."