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U-verse Grows

2:30 PM -- From The Philter's Expanding U-verse file, some data points on AT&T's fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) service:

  • In 2006, AT&T ended the year with 3,000 U-verse subscribers. (See AT&T Stands By U-verse Projections.)
  • In February, AT&T said that number had more than doubled to 7,000. A few media outlets picked it up.
  • As of March 28, AT&T was saying its U-verse user number was more than 10,000.
  • If AT&T is signing up about 7,000 U-verse customers in 90 days, that's about 78 customers a day (nearly 3.3 an hour).
  • Cowen and Co. analyst Tom Watts, in a note issued Tuesday, put out some even bigger numbers: "AT&T claims nagging middleware problems were finally resolved in February, enabling acceleration installs to 100/day by early March, 300/day in April and 1,000/day shortly thereafter. AT&T now plans to offer U-verse to 4MM of the 8MM homes to be passed by fiber at yearend."
  • Earlier this week, AT&T said its U-verse service was available to "more than 200,000 Dallas/Ft. Worth-area households, and there are plans to continue growing availability over the coming months."
  • At that time, too, the company offered qualifying U-verse and AT&T Dish subscribers 12 months of free access to high-def programming. Mark Cuban thanks you.
  • AT&T won't say where in DFW it is expanding, but some local jobbers say the company has advertised for installation technicians in Carrollton, Euless, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, and Hurst. The Highland Park area must be on AT&T's U-verse rollout radar as well (why else would the company demo its service in their store nearby at Northpark Mall?).
  • Other things to watch as the rollout progresses: Folks familiar with the service say that pair-bonding and other bandwidth enhancements to U-verse won't happen everywhere all at once. So U-verse customers in some neighborhoods will be humming along with 6 Mbit/s of broadband, while other folks in the same city (with shorter copper loops) could be going much faster. But that's not a service defect; it's just the nature of the beast anytime you rely on previously installed copper for the last few feet to the home.

— Phil Harvey, Person of the Year, Light Reading

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:10:46 PM
re: U-verse Grows another interesting side effect of U-verse finally getting some momentum:

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