) - the second-largest telecom operator in the U.S after
Verizon Communication Inc.
) - started a pilot test by installing solar powered handset
chargers near parks in New York.
The new value-added service is in response to the devastating
storm, Sandy, as after the storm most U.S. households remained
powerless. Thus, these chargers will allow New York citizens to
stay connected in spite of power cuts.
In order to offer such an innovative service, AT&T entered
into a partnership with solar technology firm, Goal Zero, and
Brooklyn-based design company, Pensa.
These solar chargers will also be effective at night as they are
provided with monocrystalline solar panels, which will gather
sunlight in order to recharge internal batteries.
Initially, AT&T will install nearly 25 AT&T Street Charge
solar mobile charging components across five areas in New York.
Gradually, the company will expand the project.
However, the concept of public solar chargers is not new as it is
used in many countries. Moreover, AT&T's solar charging
facility coupled with its public Wi-Fi service will not only
attract more customers but will also help it to strengthen its
position against large telecom players like
Sprint Nextel Corp.
T-Mobile US, Inc.
A few days back, AT&T enhanced its weather emergency service
by implementing different measures to deal with devastating
storms and providing accurate information to its subscribers.
Such measures will allow AT&T customers to stay connected
during natural disasters and will also aid the recovery process.
At present, the program is being implemented in Alabama.
Currently, AT&T Inc. has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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