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AT&T GigaPower Adds Cupertino, Jacksonville

Mari Silbey

Not content to rest on its gigabit laurels, AT&T announced plans this week to expand its GigaPower service to two more key markets -- Jacksonville, Fla., and Cupertino, Calif.

Using an all-fiber network, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will bring symmetrical speeds "up to 1 gigabit per second" to these new cities along with TV services for both consumers and small businesses. So far, the telecom company has launched GigaPower in the Texas markets of Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. It has also announced plans to bring GigaPower to nine other markets mainly in the Southeast and Texas, namely Charlotte, Greensboro, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio and Winston-Salem.

AT&T first unveiled its GigaPower initiative in April, promising to bring high-speed fiber networks to as many as 100 cities and municipalities around the country. However, details for many of the announced deployments are still vague, with exact service details still undetermined. For Cupertino, the latest market on AT&T's list, the launch press release says that availability and pricing will be announced at a later date, with "initial availability limited to select areas." (See AT&T Turns Up Gig Heat in 21 New Metros.)

Get the latest updates on the Gigabit Cities push by visiting Light Reading's broadband/FTTx content channel.

DSLReports has also noted previously that while the AT&T news releases make for good press, there are clearly limits to how far AT&T plans to go with GigaPower. When it announced the new initiative, AT&T specifically stated that "this expanded fiber build is not expected to impact AT&T's capital investment plans for 2014." That suggests that, at least for this year, actual GigaPower deployments will be minimal.

If AT&T's planned merger with DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) is approved, the company has promised to expand its GigaPower network to an "additional 2 million customer locations." Currently, through its U-verse service, AT&T has 11.5 million Internet customers. (See U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong .)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

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8/25/2014 | 7:20:53 PM
Re: Not to Change The Subject....
It is getting some "Buzz" as reflected here:
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8/25/2014 | 2:29:56 PM
Gigapower v/s GoogFiber
Coming from opposite ends of the spectrum which one has a higher rate of adoption ?
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8/25/2014 | 8:56:11 AM
Re: Not to Change The Subject....
AT&T was interested in Vodafone earlier, but I'd read had to back away because AT&T's NSA coziness was ruffling political feathers during election time. 

I'd also read that AT&T was thinking about buying Irish telco Eircom as the spearhead of overseas expansion.
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8/25/2014 | 8:54:15 AM
Re: GigaPower and DirectTV
I don't see a big build after the DirecTV deal, either. I'd imagine the focus post DirecTV deal would be satellite TV and LTE bundles to the vast majority of customers, with an eye on DirecTV over wireless.

AT&T's going to cherry pick developments, apartment complexes and college campuses for these upgrades where fiber is already in the ground (and in some cases run all the way to the home, but capped at traditional U-Verse speeds).
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8/25/2014 | 8:44:23 AM
Re: Not to Change The Subject....

I'm not all that sure about the accuracy of that report. So many "news" reports aren't vetted very well, and your "eyes popping out" I think belies some healthy skepticism on this one.

It seems long gone are the days when aspiring journalists were taught: "If your mother says she loves you, confirm it with two sources."
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8/25/2014 | 1:51:40 AM
Not to Change The Subject....
..But since we're talking AT&T, I was especially curious to see the report on Fox Business earlier about AT&T wanting to do an all cash bid for Vodafone.   My eyes nearly popped out.   Hopefully we'll see some developments soon.
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8/23/2014 | 12:07:46 PM
GigaPower and DirectTV
While they say the capital investment is to be minimal, that probably indicates a big rollout would come later with the DirectTv purchase. With those additional customers to market to, it would only make sense to hold off any big outlays of cash until lots more marketing prospects become ready to consider future enhancements.
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