AT&T is offering its first plug-in vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, supplied by ZTE USA, starting Sept. 11 in AT&T stores and online. Dubbed the ZTE Mobley, the device allows up to five devices to connect to the Internet through AT&T's hotspot data plan and LTE network.
Just in time for summer, Time Warner Cable says it has expanded its outdoor Wi-Fi network to three new cities--Dallas and San Antonio in Texas and Raleigh, N.C., so it now offers more than 100,000 TWC Wi-Fi Hotspots across its national Wi-Fi network.
A recent research report from analysts at investment bank J.P. Morgan found there are approximately 50.6 million public Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S. and mobile Wi-Fi data usage now exceeds mobile data usage on cellular networks.
The Marriott hotel chain may have agreed in October to pay $600,000 to settle an FCC claim, but that isn't the end. Some major hotel and real estate operations, including Marriott, want the FCC to clarify how Wi-Fi operators can manage their networks, reports Multichannel News.
U.S. cable operators are expected to deploy some 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots by early 2015, according to analysts at Heavy Reading. The forecast was released in Denver during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) convention.
A few folks find Comcast's policy of using Xfinity Wi-Fi residential and business routers to create neighborhood hotspots alarming and worry about potential privacy issues from putting a second SSID for the public on a router. But Connectify alleges it has found something else that should concern Xfinity customers: the extra power consumption, and potentially higher utility bills, that these devices engender.
Comcast is providing its business customers with something many of its residential customers already have--a dual-signal gateway--and simultaneously boosting its own public Wi-Fi footprint.
Time Warner Cable took the wraps off My WiFi, an online customer portal that positions the company's networks of Wi-Fi hotspots as a stronger competitor to cellular.
Google is reportedly preparing to subsidize commercial-grade Wi-Fi gear and software for small- and medium-size businesses, possibly in exchange for having Wi-Fi users use their Google accounts to sign into those businesses' Wi-Fi hotspots, which will in turn help Google better target advertising to them.
Wi-Fi hotspot deployments worldwide reached 4.2 million hotspots last year and should exceed 10.5 million in 2018, predicts ABI Research. The estimates include Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party operators.