HOUSTON, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Houston. The all-fiber network will provide services featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, and AT&T's most advanced TV services to consumers and businesses.
AT&T is deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Houston to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband. The network enhancements will enable customers to have access to AT&T's fastest Internet speeds available to consumers.**
Local residents and small business customers on the AT&T GigaPower network will also experience cutting-edge TV services with the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams, and its largest capacity DVR at one terabyte of storage.
How fast is 1 Gigabit?***
Download 25 songs in one second
Download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds
Download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds
"Whether you are building an office for a start-up business or trying to download a document on-the-go— staying connected is critical to success in this 21st Century global economy," said Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. "The Greater Houston Partnership applauds AT&T for making this kind of investment to bring their all-fiber network to our community as it will help ensure Houston remains competitive and at the forefront of next-generation technologies and services that have significant impact on all sectors of the economy."
"AT&T recognizes Houston as a vibrant area for users of new technologies and all that they enable. With today's announcement, we're looking forward to bringing U-verse with AT&T GigaPower to market," said Kerrick Henny, AT&T Regional Vice President – External Affairs. "This technology has the capabilities to change the way communities work—fostering innovation, enhancing education and healthcare, and encouraging business and economic growth."
Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Houston market will be announced at a later date.
On April 21, 2014, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across 25 markets nationwide. As part of that announcement, AT&T said it is also considering other Houston areas – Galveston, Pasadena, Pearland, and Spring as candidates for the service.
AT&T launched the U-verse with AT&T GigaPower network to thousands of households in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities in December 2013 and in January announced it will expand the fiber network to double the households in the Austin area this year as a result of high demand that has exceeded expectations. AT&T will expand the all-fiber AT&T GigaPower network to Dallas and Fort Worth this summer. Plans have also been announced to deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to Charlotte, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.
Additionally, AT&T has committed that upon approval of its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV, the company will expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 2 million customer locations. All of these 2 million locations are over and above what the company announced in April.
Other AT&T initiatives in 2014 include:
- Enhance and expand its 4G LTE wireless network, the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network.**** AT&T 4G LTE wireless service is available in 44 cities across Texas.
- Expand our U-verse footprint to more areas of Texas. U-verse is currently available in communities across Southeast Texas including Alvin, Friendswood, Houston, Pearland, Richmond, Rosenberg, Sealy, Tomball, and surrounding areas.
The company invested more than $6.55 billion in its Texas wireless and wireline networks between 2011 and 2013.
AT&T has proudly served the state of Texas for 138 years and employs more than 35,500 people across the state.
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** Initial availability limited to select areas. Expanding availability in 2014 and beyond.
*** Speed/time estimates are examples. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network factors and customer device capabilities, and use of other U-verse services.
**** Reliability claim based on third party data regarding nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
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