news AT&T is giving a speed boost to its Business Fiber internet services in a long list of US markets, including San Francisco, Miami and Dallas.
Business customers in those areas can now experience download and upload speeds of up to 1 Gbps, the firm said, providing they occupy an ‘AT&T Fiber Ready’ building.
According to AT&T, Internet speeds of 1Gbps will allow a business to download 8,000 word processing documents in one second, download a two-hour high definition video in 36 seconds, or backup/restore a one terabyte hard drive in 2.5 hours.
AT&T said it has been investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas using “the latest” wired and wireless technologies and has greatly expanded its fibre footprint over the past few years, both to consumers and businesses.
“[W]ith AT&T Business Fiber being deployed to many multi-tenant office buildings across the state, we are quickly expanding the number of businesses in urban and rural areas alike that have access to Gigabit connections,” said Mayo Flynt, President of AT&T, Mississippi.
The announcement is the fruition of a commitment made back in 2014 that AT&T would deploy Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) infrastructure in 100 major US cities in the US.
At the time, the move directly contradicted statements by the then-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the telecoms giant was focusing on the Coalition’s preferred Fibre to the Node model.
In other news, AT&T has also announced the nationwide launch of U-verse Business Voice over AT&T Business Fiber – a voice over IP (VoIP) phone service that delivers voice services over the Internet rather than over a traditional phone line.
Using VoIP, customers get many standard calling features, plus other functionality not found on traditional landline phones.