Google to serve up Starbucks' faster wi-fi

Summary:Starbucks puts Google wi-fi on the menu after ditching former supplier AT&T.

Starbucks is teaming up with Google to bring faster wi-fi to 7,000 of the coffee brand's stores across the US.

Google will replace Starbuck's current wi-fi supplier AT&T, which has provided wi-fi for the past five years, and according to ZDNet's sister site CNET, offered speeds of 1.5 Mbps — perhaps too light for video streaming and other, more bandwidth-intensive, uses.

As the rollout proceeds from this month, Google will begin delivering Starbucks customers wi-fi speeds up to 10 times faster than the old network.

Patrons will know Google's network has been switched on when they can log into the 'Google Starbucks' SSID, according to Google Access general manager, Kevin Lo.

Stores that happen to be located in Google Fiber cities like Kansas, Austin and Provo will be delivered wi-fi that is up to 100 times faster than was previously available, according to Lo.

Topics: Networking, Google


Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, s... Full Bio

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