Creating a Worldwide Wi-Fi Network
Last year, 11 million Americans traveled to Europe – more Americans travel there over any other oversees destination. Plus, the number of Americans with passports has more than doubled in the past 10 years, reaching 117 million in 2013.
When our customers travel abroad, they want access to the same fast, reliable Wi-Fi connection they’ve grown accustomed to here in the U.S. And now, as a result of today’s announcement, we’ve made our first step in bringing global Wi-Fi connectivity to our customers.
Now our customers will be able to access millions of free hotspots across several European countries such as Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
This access will give customers a cost-effective alternative to cellular data roaming abroad while they research restaurants, stay in touch with family and friends, share photos and plan last minute legs with their smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Also, when Xfinity Internet and Voice customers are abroad, they can make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages, for free over a Wi-Fi connection with the Xfinity Connect App. This was introduced in 2012 and is another way customers can save.
We’re proud to be a part of the first international Wi-Fi agreement of this kind. Comcast has more than 3 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the U.S., with plans to reach 8 million by year-end. As we continue to build our network domestically, global wireless service for our customers is the next phase, and Europe is the first step. We know it’s important for our customers and for tomorrow.