July 28, 2010
Mashable.com reports that AT&T is installing large Wi-Fi networks. These networks are being installed so that devices like the iPhone will disconnect from the cell towers in the area and use the Wi-Fi network for data. This should help with the issues of poor service in areas where installing new cellular infrastructure could take years to deploy. In a few weeks, a Wi-Fi network in Chicago will be turned on, and AT&T doesn't plan to stop there. AT&T is currently able to support 68.1 million connections on their Wi-Fi network, which is over four times their capacity at this point last year. With a growth rate like that, one could expect to see large Wi-Fi coverage in almost every busy area within a few years. Devices such as the iPod touch and Wi-Fi iPad would suddenly become almost as attractive as their 3G-equipped counterparts.