AT&T* today announced the launch of an AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone in Chicago that will complement the mobile broadband experience for AT&T customers who use Wi-Fi enabled devices while in Wrigleyville — the neighborhood of restaurants and shops surrounding Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The new Wi-Fi hotzone provides coverage along the streets and in the outdoor areas of Wrigleyville on the south, east and west sides of the stadium.
The Chicago AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone is the third to be deployed as part of a pilot project to examine using Wi-Fi to supplement AT&T’s mobile broadband coverage in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use. The first pilot AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone launched in New York City’s Times Square in May, and customer response has been positive; as a result, additional Wi-Fi hotzones have been turned up in downtown Charlotte, N.C. and now Chicago.
“We are excited to introduce an AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone in Wrigleyville, on the heels of successful hotzone launches in New York and Charlotte. These pilot AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones give us the opportunity to explore new ways to utilize our Wi-Fi and 3G networks to deliver the best possible experience for our customers,” said Dave Fine, vice president and general manager of AT&T in Illinois.
AT&T is using wireless technologies to mobilize everything that’s important to customers – their favorite content, apps, entertainment and social networks. AT&T today delivers the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, as well as the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, giving customers the best combination of speed and coverage.
“Whether it’s fans buying game tickets online, or Wrigleyville visitors sending pictures and videos to friends, many AT&T customers will benefit from this new broadband option,” said Paul La Schiazza, president, AT&T Illinois. “The AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone in Wrigleyville is another example of how AT&T is continuing to bring new technologies to Chicago to maximize AT&T customers’ wireless and broadband experience.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased that AT&T has selected Wrigleyville as one of its three Wi-Fi hotzone locations,” said Jerry Roper, president and CEO of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “This is great news for businesses in this vibrant neighborhood, as it offers Chicagoans and visitors yet another reason to experience all that the Wrigleyville area has to offer.”
The popularity of Wi-Fi service — particularly on mobile phones — has grown tremendously. In the second quarter 2010, AT&T handled 68.1 million Wi-Fi connections on its network, compared to just 15 million in the same quarter last year. Customers have made 121.2 million connections in the first half of 2010, already far surpassing the 85.5 million connections made in all of 2009.
Many of the most popular AT&T smartphones support auto-authentication at AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, making it automatic and convenient for customers to connect. Customers can log onto AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones and more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide without it counting toward their monthly smartphone data usage.
AT&T’s Wi-Fi network complements its wired broadband and wireless 3G networks, offering Wi-Fi connectivity at popular locations like retail stores, restaurants and coffee shops from coast-to-coast. For more information on AT&T Wi-Fi and how to connect, visit www.att.com/wifiaccess.
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