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It's getting ever more difficult for AT&T customers to find themselves outside of Wi-Fi range.

Thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless, AT&T is now offering subscribers a seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi connection at 80-plus locations nationwide, including airports, military bases and additional venues featuring Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks.

"Boingo's Passpoint footprint allows us to connect millions in more locations than ever, making it easier for travelers and troops to talk, text and stream over Wi-Fi," said JR Wilson, AT&T's VP of Tower Strategy and Roaming. "The move is part of AT&T's strategic network management initiatives that help accommodate rising mobile data traffic."

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From Alexander Graham Bell's first phone call in 1876 to the promise of nationwide mobile 5G coverage by early 2020, AT&T's mission remains the same -- connecting users everywhere. But with the extreme spike in video streaming, that's not always easy.

In fact, data traffic on AT&T's mobile network shot up by a staggering 470,000 percent over the last 12 years. By 2022, the company projects that video, which now composes half of its mobile traffic, could make up over 75 percent, thanks to the rise of 4K video, autonomous cars, drones, VR/AR and mobile gaming.

Making use of Passpoint, a standardized hotspot technology that automates secure Wi-Fi roaming between AT&T cellular and Boingo's network, AT&T is hoping to meet these growing mobile data demands.

That means that civilians, soldiers and everyone in between will enjoy an improved connected experience.

"AT&T customers can now enjoy automatic Wi-Fi connectivity at nearly all of our venues where Boingo Passpoint is available," said David Hagan, chairman and CEO at Boingo. "Roaming onto secure Wi-Fi with interoperable technologies like Passpoint improves in building capacity at a venue, while removing friction for end users."

Wi-Fi roaming on Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks is not only fast and free but also securely encrypted, according to the company, via two-way authentication.

Takeaways

  • Thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless, AT&T is now offering subscribers a seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi connection at 80-plus locations nationwide.
  • Wi-Fi roaming on Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks is not only fast and free but also securely encrypted, according to the company, via two-way authentication.

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Joshua is an editor for CNET's Download.com. He covers the mobile tech and apps that power our lives and interviews celebrities about their favorite apps. Previously, he worked as an editor at Healthline and Gay.com and as a contributing writer for Mac Directory, MacAddict, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, and SF Chronicle.