AT&T Wi-Fi network connections continue to increase sharply, exceeding 2.7 billion in 2012, more than double that for 2011. AT&T has more than 32,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spot locations up and running around the country, according to a February 26 press release.

“Wi-Fi works in tandem with our global network to keep people connected wherever they are. By providing this must-have connectivity at all types of locations, businesses can bring added value to the customer experience,” Josh Goodell, associate vice president, AT&T Wi-Fi Services, commented. “With connectivity to our Wi-Fi Network skyrocketing in 2012 by more than 1 billion connections year-over-year, Wi-Fi is a clear factor in mobile use, driving purchase decisions to enriched hospitality, fan and travel experiences.”

AT&T offered up some key facts regarding its Wi-Fi network for 2012:


  • AT&T’s Wi-Fi footprint grew 10 percent in 2012 with connections to venues growing by nearly 200 percent in the past year.
  • 3X more mobile device traffic exchanged on the Wi-Fi network soaring over 5.2 billion MB in 2012.
  • 40 percent more connections made in 4Q12 from mobile smartphone and tablet devices compared to 4Q11.
  • 190 percent increase in mobile data uploads on the AT&T Wi-Fi network quarter-over-quarter.

Zooming in on particular Wi-Fi market segments, AT&T also offered some insight into Wi-Fi usage among its retail and hospitality customers.

More than 7 billion minutes were spent connected to AT&T Wi-Fi retail locations, with each lasting an average 45 minutes. That’s providing a boost to revenue and earnings at retail venues “while satisfying a necessity – a reliable connection for customers and employees,” AT&T noted.

Hotels, meanwhile, added AT&T Wi-Fi in more than 95,000 guest rooms in 2012, an increase of more than 225%.

With its more than 32,000 hotspots, AT&T operates the largest Wi-Fi network in the nation. Adding in roaming agreements, AT&T provides Internet access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally, according to the company.

Join the Conversation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Don’t Miss Any of Our Content

What’s happening with broadband and why is it important? Find out by subscribing to Telecompetitor’s newsletter today.

You have Successfully Subscribed!