AT&T's WiFi connections reach 53.1M in 1Q

AT&T reported connections on its more than 20,000 hotspots reached 53.1 million in the first quarter--nearly five times higher than the number of connections reported in the first quarter last year. At the end of the first quarter, nearly 32 million AT&T customers had AT&T WiFi access included with their qualifying smartphone, AT&T High Speed Internet and 3G LaptopConnect plans, the operator reported. Smartphones and other integrated devices account for the majority of connections made on AT&T's hotspots. In the first quarter, 69 percent of WiFi connections were made from smartphones and integrated devices, up from 35 percent a year ago in the first quarter of 2009. Release
- see the FierceWireless Q1 earnings page