SAN ANTONIO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast U-verse with AT&T GigaPower network to the City of San Antonio. 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 San Antonio 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
"Today's announcement is another step forward for San Antonio," said Mayor Ivy Taylor. "AT&T's investment will deliver some of the fastest broadband Internet speeds our city has ever seen, helping spur economic growth across our city. When local governments and the private sector work together, consumers and businesses win."
"San Antonio consistently works to create an economic environment that encourages investment in technology. Today's announcement by AT&T is a market-driven decision that will bring our community new opportunities in healthcare, enhance education, and help our businesses operate more efficiently," said San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley. "An expansion such as U-verse with AT&T GigaPower opens up our market to more investment and innovation, which benefits everyone."
"The growth of San Antonio's tech industry is due in large part to the on-going cooperation and collaboration between government and the private sector. The City of San Antonio is excited about working with AT&T to bring their U-verse with AT&T GigaPower technology to our communities," said Hugh Miller, San Antonio's Chief Technology Director. "Fiber-enhanced broadband speeds will open up new possibilities for technology innovators and businesses across San Antonio, as well as for consumers who want faster Internet speeds for surfing, shopping, gaming, social networking, business transactions, video and other high speed communication needs."
"With the leadership of Mayor Taylor and this City Council, San Antonio is a tremendous example of what is possible when a business-friendly economic environment meets local policies that encourage investment in technology," said Renee Flores, Regional Vice President, External Affairs at AT&T. "We look forward to working with the City of San Antonio to deliver U-verse with AT&T GigaPower to their communities and businesses. We believe 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 San Antonio 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.
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, Texas this summer. Plans have also been announced to deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, 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 markets across Texas.
- Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of Texas. U-verse is currently available in communities across south Texas including Corpus Christi, McAllen, Mission, New Braunfels, San Antonio, San Marcos and surrounding areas.
AT&T invested more than $6.55 billion in its Texas wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 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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