PITTSBURGH, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast today announced it has launched more than 1,800 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout its Keystone Region. The company also plans to add another 1,500 outdoor locations by the end of the year in the region, which comprises areas of western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle.
These outdoor hotspots will be located in high traffic locations like shopping destinations, parks, universities, commuter stations and other vibrant areas. These include popular shopping places along McKnight Road and Babcock Boulevard in Pittsburgh's North Hills, Perkiomen Avenue in Reading and Route 30 in Lancaster and York, among many others. Access to these hotspots comes at no additional cost to most Xfinity Internet customers.
According to Cisco, 88 percent of all U.S. data traffic on mobile and portable devices will travel over Wi-Fi by 2018.
"With the number of mobile devices increasing, now more than ever before, our customers want to be connected wherever they go," said Christine Whitaker, Senior Vice President of the Keystone Region. "Having the largest Wi-Fi network in the region and the nation is a major benefit to our customers, and we are pleased to continue to make these investments."
Today's news makes Comcast the largest Wi-Fi provider in the region and state and contributes to its growing network of more than 8.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide. In Pennsylvania, these additions build upon the thousands of Xfinity WiFi hotspots already available in the greater Philadelphia area.
Xfinity Internet customers can access Xfinity WiFi hotspots by selecting "xfinitywifi" from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast username and password. After signing in for the first time, customers will be automatically connected to the network whenever they are in a hotspot location, allowing them to save on their wireless data plans and easily take advantage of additional Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country, including popular vacation destinations along the East Coast.
The Xfinity WiFi App, available as a free download on both iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to locate business and outdoor hotspots, or customers can visit the hotspot finder map online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.
The Xfinity WiFi network consists of:
- Xfinity WiFi Outdoor Hotspots: Comcast is placing Xfinity WiFi hotspots in popular public locations across the region, from shopping centers and parks to commuter stations. These hotspots will be deployed in many of the region's most utilized areas.
- Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in Business Locations: Comcast Business customers can receive an Xfinity WiFi hotspot for no additional charge when they order service. This is a value-added feature that directly improves their patrons' experience. Thousands of businesses across the region have these hotspots and include restaurants, cafes and bakeries, retail establishments and office waiting rooms.
- Xfinity WiFi Neighborhood Hotspots: Residential customers with Xfinity Wireless Gateways are able to have a second "xfinitywifi" signal (or SSID) in their home that is separate and distinct from their private and secure home Wi-Fi signal. This second signal provides visiting Xfinity Internet customers Wi-Fi access without the need to use the homeowner's private network password.
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