Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T is partnering with fast-food chain McDonald’s USA to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet to 750 restaurants.
The partnership stems from the past two years of changing consumer habits and expectations for restaurants and foodservice, according to a statement. McDonald’s says it hopes the new internet services will help with its app and enable fast delivery of services like mobile ordering.
Michael Colaneri, AT&T’s vice president for retail enterprise solutions, said the restaurant experience could look very different five years from now.
“Broadband Internet is a critical driver for growth and expansion, creativity and innovation, and a reinvented customer experience in the industry,” said Colaneri. “We are excited to work with McDonald’s to help shape the future of restaurants.”
Christian Sandoval, owner and operator of McDonald’s in the United States, said the restaurant was a hub for family, friends, school and work. The restaurant wants its customers to see it as a place where customers can bring their mobile devices to connect to WiFi, watch TV or do their homework.
“With this expansion, AT&T is focused on providing its customers with a fast, reliable connection and a quality Internet experience,” Sandoval said in a statement.
In January, AT&T rolled out fiber internet plans to more than 5 million customers in more than 70 cities to upgrade to speeds as fast as 5 gigabits per second.
AT&T’s high-speed Internet service is available to 40% of US homes, and its faster fiber-optic Internet services are available to only a third of those homes, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The company says it plans to continue expanding its high-speed fiber offering, aiming to cover 30 million customer sites by the end of 2025.