AT&T is reporting that Wi-Fi connections grew 5 fold since just last year and now total 53 million connections. The company attributes the increase usage to more smart phones being used by consumers including the popular iPhone and new Android phones. People want to stay connected and are using the over 20,000 hot spots to do so.
In a recent article it also stated thse facts:
At the end of the first quarter, the company reported that nearly 32 million AT&T customers had Wi-Fi access included with their smartphones, high speed internet and 3G LaptopConnect plans. And in the first quarter of 2010, 69 percent of Wi-Fi connections were made from smartphones and integrated devices, up from 35 percent a year ago in the first quarter of 2009.
AT&T also reported that the total number of AT&T broadband connections, which includes both wireline broadband and wireless LaptopConnect cards, grew by 278,000 in the first quarter to reach 17.5 million in service.
One can now see why AT&T has failed to keep up with demand. I believe the number of connections are over loading the AT&T system, which might of been unexpected. Apple’s popular iPhone took over the way people are communicating and sold in record numbers.