AT&T Corp. has reported a second-quarter increase in the number of connections on its Wi-Fi network, which...
July 28, 2010
AT&T Corp. has reported a second-quarter increase in the number of connections on its Wi-Fi network, which it says was fueled by the rising number of customers with Wi-Fi enabled smart phones and devices, as well as an increasing number of businesses and venues offering Wi-Fi access for their customers.
In the second quarter, AT&T handled 68.1 million connections on its public Wi-Fi network — up from 15 million connections in the second quarter of 2009.
Customers have made 121.2 million connections in the first half of 2010, which surpasses the 85.5 million connections made in all of 2009.
“The extraordinary growth in Wi-Fi usage is yet another indication of customers’ reliance on mobile broadband and of the many benefits that venues receive by making Wi-Fi available to their customers and employees,” said Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, AT&T Wi-Fi Services.
AT&T is also exploring new uses of Wi-Fi to provide an additional mobile broadband option in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use.
Hilton Worldwide recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with AT&T for a fully-managed suite of Wi-Fi and Internet services across more than 3,200 properties in Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico.