January 23, 2008
4:30 PM -- So U-verse got a little faster today. (See AT&T Ups U-verse Downloads.) But AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) did not increase overall bandwidth to customers -- only the maximum downstream speeds it would allow. With Docsis 3.0 on the way for cable and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) continuing to increase bandwidth on its FiOS network, what's AT&T's long-term plan? Eventually the company plans to add a second HD video stream to each home, so we'll see what tricks it has up its sleeve for pulling that off.
In the meantime though, it's tough to know what to make of this announcement as far as how well AT&T is keeping up with bandwidth demand. Did it really increase its cap on downstream speeds because overall bandwidth to each home was performing far better than expectations? Or did it simply give into pressure to offer downstream speeds that were more on par with what the cable competition was offering? Maybe we'll find out more tomorrow morning when AT&T reports its earnings.
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading
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