AT&T may have asked for another extension to complete its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, but when it ultimately does complete the deal it plans to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises service to 11.7 million customer locations.
AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.
Google Fiber has received a license from the Texas Public Utility Commission to operate as an ISP in San Antonio's city limits where it would face off with AT&T, reports the San Antonio Current.
C Spire is now offering its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home Internet, HDTV, and phone triple-play bundle to Clinton, Miss., the fourth city where the competitive provider is taking the service.
Bell Canada is jumping into the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home craze with plans to launch service in the Toronto market as part of a $922 million investment in its last mile network.
Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.
AT&Tis laying further challenge to Comcast's emerging presence in the gigabit fiber-to-the-premises race by officially launching its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service in Chicago.
Service providers' ongoing movement to deploy fiber-to-the-premises services is helping drive up FTTx optical component revenues. A new Ovum report forecasts that FTTx optical components revenue will exceed $1 billion this year, up from $953 million in 2014. The research firm said that the demand for PON equipment--particularly optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONT)--from aggressive carriers in China are driving the FTTx optics market to "record levels."
Google Fiber has started building its gigabit fiber network in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. The company announced the construction on Twitter showing photos of crews digging and burying fiber in those two cities.
CenturyLink is officially now offering its Prism IPTV service in the Minneapolis market, ending incumbent video provider Comcast's monopoly position there.