Comcast said Monday that it surpassed the milestone of 10 million WiFi hotspots nationwide, including wireless access points installed in public areas and neighborhood hotspots powered by second antennas contained in WiFi gateways deployed in subscriber homes.
“So far this year, people have used those hotspots more than 3.6 billion times, a 500 percent increase,” Eric Schaefer, Comcast SVP of wireless product management in Internet, wrote in a blog post.
Comcast didn’t break out the percentage of hotspots installed in parks, transportation hubs and central business districts compared to the neighborhood hotspots that rely on gateways installed in Xfinity homes.
The 10 million figure doesn’t include WiFi hotspots that Xfinity Internet subscribers can access through roaming deals Comcast has struck with CableWiFi partners Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks, a spokesperson said.
Comcast’s WiFi investment could help it launch new products, including a new mobile phone service that could rely on a combination of WiFi and cellular networks.