Hotzones provide new broadband experience for AT&T users
AT&T has unveiled its plans to expand its deployment of more Wi-Fi hotzones to additional locations in major markets, starting with the expansion of its existing Times Square Wi-Fi hotzone and new hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
AT&T has previously deployed Wi-Fi hotzones in New York City’s Times Square, downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago’s Wrigleyville as part of its pilot project to explore using Wi-Fi to supplement mobile broadband in urban areas with consistently mobile broadband use, this year.
AT&T said Times Square hotzone will now cover the north central part of Times Square along 7th Avenue, east along 46th Street, and along Broadway. New hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are planned to be launch in the coming days.
The Hotzones increase the broadband experience for AT&T users of Wi-Fi enabled devices. Wi-Fi hotzones provide another way for users to stay connected from their mobile devices, adding data network capacity in high traffic areas, the company said.
AT&T smartphones support auto-authentication at AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, making it automatic and users to connect. Users can use AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones and AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide without counting monthly smartphone data usage.
AT&T Wi-Fi Services senior vice president Angie Wiskocil said AT&T Wi-Fi will be available across a wider area for Manhattan residents, visitors and New Year’s Eve revelers during the busy holiday season and beyond, and also San Francisco residents are expected to soon be able to enjoy a Wi-Fi hotzone in the Embarcadero Center area as they shop, dine and work.