AT&T closed its $275 million acquisition of Wayport, according to an announcement made earlier today. The addition of Wayport increases the number of AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots to almost 20,000 in the U.S. and 80,000 globally.
The company also said that it “is nearing completion of the transition of [almost 7000 company-owned] Starbucks stores in the United States to AT&T Wi-Fi service.”
“Looking ahead, we see Wi-Fi as a strategic opportunity for AT&T,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We plan to build on our leadership as the largest Wi-Fi provider – bringing more connectivity to more consumers – and working closely with our enterprise customers to enhance and personalize their customer communications and improve the efficiency of their operations.”
Public Wi-Fi is still seeing increased usage, AT&T said. Combined AT&T and Wayport customer use, Wi-Fi connections surpassed 2.5 million in November.