news AT&T has announced the expansion of its ultra-fast all-fibre broadband service into more parts of the USA, with the aim of vastly expanding availability by the end of 2016.
The telco said its service for homes and small businesses is now available in parts of Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Oklahoma City, while the ‘Business Fiber’ service has now grown in Chicago, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco,
The firm’s service offers speeds of up to 1Gbps by providing fibre to the premises (FTTP) for homes and small businesses.
“As a result of these cities’ pro-investment policies, AT&T is proud to bring blazing fast
Internet to these communities,” said AT&T Georgia President Bill Leahy, discussing the Atlanta expansion. “Because of their strong leadership, the residents in these communities will be poised for continued growth, allowing them to better compete in a global economy.”
In a statement, the firm said it will continue to expand its 100% fibre ‘GigaPower’ network to new locations, with the plan being to eventually triple availability by the end of 2016.
AT&T added that its service is now available to over 1.6 million locations across 21 of the nation’s largest cities, and that it has plans to take ultra-fast broadband to parts of 35 more areas – 56 metros in total.
“Ultimately, we plan to reach more than 14 million residential and commercial locations with fiber”, said the company.
AT&T suggested that 1Gbps enables users to download 8,000 word processing documents in 1 second, a two-hour high-definition video in 36 seconds, or backup a 1 terabyte hard drive in 2.5 hours.
The Australian Government is currently advocating a multi-technology mix (MTM) for the National Broadband Network, which its says offers better value.
However detractors have said that rolling out 100% fibre in some areas and a fibre/copper mix (FTTdp) elsewhere does not ‘future proof’ the NBN, and may mean that a full fibre deployment will have to be started as soon as the current rollout is over.