WiFi Lives On

Recent announcements by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile clearly indicate that Wi-Fi is alive in well in the voice and data plans of America’s largest wireless carriers. AT&T says that first quarter connections on its 20,000 hotspots nearly tripled over last year’s connections (10.5 mil vs 3.4 mil). It would seem that AT&T’s purchase of Wayport was a good thing. (FYI, Wayport is a Wi-Fi network operator and manages the Wi-Fi infrastructure for large brands such as McDonalds and Starbucks.) Verizon just entered an agreement with Boingo, a hot spot roaming provider, to allow Verizon home broadband customers to connect for free at Boingo supported locations. T-Mobile is offering a plan where users can make VOIP calls on its Wi-Fi hotspots for $10 per month. All of this Wi-Fi related activity is a good thing for mobile/signage convergence as truly converged applications are going to require a lot of bandwidth to receive supersets of the content being shown on the signage. It’s good to see the carriers remain committed.

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