DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T1 plans to connect homes, apartments and small business locations in 11 new metro areas to our internet service with a 1 gigabit connection.2 This planned expansion is part of our broader and newly created AT&T Fiber umbrella brand.
This expansion increases our commitment to bring service to at least 67 metros3, with plans to launch in 45 metros by the end of this year.
We've already launched our ultra-fast internet service in parts of 29 of the nation's largest metro areas. The ultra-fast service is now marketed to over 3 million locations, of which over 500,000 include apartment and condo units. We're on track to exceed the 12.5 million locations planned by mid-2019.
The 11 additional metros planned to launch are:
- Florida: Gainesville and Panama City
- Georgia: Columbus
- Kentucky: Central Kentucky
- Louisiana: Lafayette
- Mississippi: Biloxi-Gulfport and Northeast Mississippi
- North Carolina: Wilmington
- Tennessee: Southeastern Tennessee and Knoxville
- Texas: Corpus Christi
"Customer demand for high-speed connectivity is exceeding even our high expectations. Today we're also introducing the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand, which lets us bring ultra-fast internet to even more residential and business customers through a mix of the latest network technologies," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group.
Nearly 3 years ago, we successfully launched our 100% fiber network in our first metro area of Austin, Texas. This launch led to a major expansion announcing plans in 2014 to deliver service to 25 major metros. Another push in 2015 announced our plans to further extend availability to at least 56 total metros.
We've also connected over 1 million incremental business customer locations to our fiber network since 2012.
What can I do with a service that starts with a 1 gig connection?
With internet speeds 20x faster than the average cable customer4, you can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.5 You can also instantly access the latest online movies, music and games, upload photos or videos, or connect faster to the cloud, virtual reality and more.
What is AT&T Fiber?
We have over 1 million route miles of fiber globally, and we continue to utilize our expertise and leadership in fiber to bring faster internet speeds to more locations. Under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand we will use a variety of network technologies to connect more homes, apartments and business customer locations to ultra-fast and low-latency internet speeds. This new brand includes, but is not limited to, the former AT&T GigaPower network. We will announce additional network technologies and products in our AT&T Fiber umbrella brand in the near future.
AT&T Fiber gives customers the power to choose from a wide range of internet speeds, like AT&T Internet 1000 (replacing AT&T GigaPower), over an ultra-fast internet connection. With these ultra-fast speeds, customers can seamlessly perform tasks like telecommuting, video-conferencing, sending and receiving large files quickly, high-def video streaming and more.
1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 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 management factors, device capabilities and use of other AT&T services. For more information, go to: www.att.com/speed101.
3 Initial availability will be limited to select areas. Additional availability to be announced.
4 More than 20x faster based on a maximum download speed of AT&T service over 100% fiber network (1Gbps speed tier) vs. weighted average cable Internet customer's speed of major U.S. cable providers per the FCC 2015 Measuring Broadband America – Fixed Broadband Report. Actual speeds may vary.
5 Speed/Time examples are estimates.
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