Sunday, October 23, 2011

AT&T Notes Soaring Wi-Fi Offloads, Acquires Superclick

AT&T Wi-Fi connections nearly tripled (up more than 282 percent) in Q3 to 301.9 million versus connections made in the third-quarter 2010. Users now make 100 million AT&T Wi-Fi connections per month. AT&T also saw data carried on its Wi-Fi network more than double versus the third-quarter 2010.

AT&T currently has more than 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in operation. Smartphone users can connect to these hotspots automatically at no extra cost.

"The accelerating growth in connections and usage on our Wi-Fi network shows what we've known all along: Customers want to connect wherever they are, from any device, in a fast, reliable and convenient way,�? said Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, AT&T Wi-Fi Services. “Consumers and businesses understand the numerous benefits in using and offering Wi-Fi in more places. By investing in our network and expanding our Wi-Fi footprint, we will continue to be the leader in Wi-Fi services."

AT&T also announced plans to acquire Montreal-based Wi-Fi management services provider Superclick for an undisclosed sum. Superclick Networks is the management solution provider for hospitality Internet network services. The company also supplies a standalone a wireless and wired IP network management and Internet gateway solution. AT&T said the acquisition enables it to expand its services and platforms to deliver premium services in the high-end hospitality sector, domestically and internationally. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Superclick's customers include Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Kimpton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts as well as leading ownership and management groups. http://www.att.con