AT&T Completes WayPort WiFi Purchase

DALLAS, Dec. 12 — AT&T Inc. today announced the close of its Wayport, Inc. acquisition. The Wayport resources significantly advance AT&T’s strategy for deploying consumer Wi-Fi services that provide broadband access across devices, personalized for the user and location, and innovative business Wi-Fi applications designed to reduceoperating costs and increase productivity.

The Wayport deal adds local Wi-Fi network management and infrastructure expertise to AT&T’s world-class communications capabilities and brings its number of domestic hotspots to nearly 20,000 — the most of any U.S. provider.Globally, AT&T has nearly 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including roaming locations.

Further advancing its Wi-Fi strategy, AT&T is nearing completion of the transition of thousands of Starbucks company-owned stores in the United Statesto AT&T Wi-Fi(SM) service, strengthening AT&T’s ability to personalize broadband access across devices and customer location.

Specifically, customers at nearly 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations can now access a tailored, online experience — including local Starbucks content — while logging on to the Internet from their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptop computers and other devices.

“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-Fiprovider — 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.”

According to Yankee Group, the number of Wi-Fi enabled wireless handsets will grow by at least 175 percent over the next three years. Other reports have projected that more than 1 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices, including wireless handsets, will be shipped in 2012. AT&T is the exclusive provider of several popular Wi-Fi enabled devices including the iPhone 3G and the BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM).

AT&T continues to see a dramatic spike in Wi-Fi use. Combining both AT&T and Wayport customer use, Wi-Fi connections in November alone surpassed 2.5 million. AT&T drives Wi-Fi use by enabling free Wi-Fi access to nearly 15 million AT&T wired broadband customers, and millions more wireless customers, and is a leading provider of Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones.
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