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AT&T Ramps Up U-verse

Mari Silbey
6/21/2013
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AT&T Inc. is seeking to boost U-verse speeds with new customer trials that feature a bonded VDSL2 gateway from the former Motorola Home product portfolio (now part of Arris Group Inc.). DSLReports broke the news, citing documentation from an inside source with orders for installers in Dayton, Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin to begin phasing in the NGV589 gateway hardware. The pair-bonded gateway is capable of speeds of up to 45 Mbit/s downstream, much faster than what U-verse can offer now. With its reliance on DSL technology and copper pipes, U-verse is never going to match the top speeds of competitive cable broadband services and Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS, which now clock in at well over 100 Mbit/s. But AT&T is making the most of the copper infrastructure that it has. By bonding two VDSL2 lines together, AT&T can double its capacity, increasing the bandwidth available to a given subscriber group. That extra capacity equates to service that's twice as fast or to bandwidth delivery that reaches twice as far. As a side note to the U-verse trials, the VDSL2 gateway represents an interesting product group for the new, bulked-up Arris. Motorola acquired DSL-based customer premises equipment (CPE) when it bought Netopia in 2007. DSL technology, however, is hardly central to Arris's cable-dominated product portfolio. No doubt Arris will continue to support existing DSL hardware, but whether there is any future development in the works remains to be seen. (See Moto Closes on Netopia.) On the other hand, the Netopia acquisition was also responsible for bringing in Motorola's network management software. That technology now merges quite well with Arris's existing service assurance products. (See Arris Shows Off New Mojo.) — Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

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Andy
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Andy,
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6/26/2013 | 6:52:26 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
I mis-read your question...apologies. D3 is definitely not in my neighborhood or I'd have it without question. I actually was part of the first CM launches in the nation way back when with the 500K symmetrical Zenith's...prior to @Home. I remember having two CM's in the house when @Home first launched as I could provision them as 'test modems'...alas, DSL is what I have, but truth be told it's adequately meeting my requirements so I don't lose sleep over it. I'd surely like more though...that goes without question.
brookseven
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brookseven,
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6/26/2013 | 2:51:59 PM
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I live in a backwater...the North Bay of California where D3 service is available. I suspect if you call the cable company you could get cable modem service at speeds you want with a lot more upstream today.

I went triple play with them because they lowered my bill. I don't even have a landline phone (I use a T-mobile phone with WiFi calling). When they did that installation they upped me to a 50Mb/s service with a 10Mb/s upsteam.

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Andy
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Andy,
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6/26/2013 | 2:10:12 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
Can't speak to that question - don't really know at this point.
Andy
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Andy,
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6/26/2013 | 2:09:13 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
I think the dynamic can improve as more folk adopt VOIP. I'm not as gloomy in my perspective perhaps.
brookseven
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brookseven,
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6/25/2013 | 8:05:40 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
So as long as nobody else in your neighborhood orders a new phone line for the next few years you will be okay....

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Andy
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Andy,
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6/25/2013 | 2:37:46 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
Actually the pair is available or I'd not be so positive to be direct. How do I know this? I just had ATT out the other day *smile*
brookseven
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brookseven,
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6/25/2013 | 2:25:43 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
So, you do not have D3 available?

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brookseven,
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6/25/2013 | 2:24:58 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
Andy,

You have now made the assumption that a second pair is available. Which may not be true.

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Andy
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Andy,
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6/25/2013 | 2:15:52 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
I'd love to have fiber at my house, but the reality is that option is presently not on the table with the lack of existing infrastructure. So my options (being out in the country) are DSL, SAT and some level of 3G. DSL is the best option for me both with respect to the cost of the solution and the technology.

I'd never argue that DSL was better than fiber or cable, but as far as it relates to enabling me personally to accomplish my objectives, it does it rather well.

Am I content, yes. Would I like a faster service, without question.

I'd personally love the MSO's to leverage digital 3Gig technology as a compliment to the 12-1Gig RF legacy, but rather unfortunately that option to date has eluded the minds of MSO leadership.
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Andy,
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6/25/2013 | 2:07:05 PM
re: AT&T Ramps Up U-verse
I believe that in my situation I'm just blessed. I'm rather close to the DSLAM/VRAD location, coupled with the fact that I have quality copper in the ground. So, no digging up and the availability of leveraging existing pairs. I'm just waiting for the service enabling when they get around to it.
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