AT&T has installed fiber to over 950,000 buildings in its wireline territory, nearing its goal to reach a total of 1 million buildings, the carrier reported as part of its third-quarter earnings.
AT&T has two ambitious missions in front of it: bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 12.5 million homes per its agreement with the FCC to get its DirecTV deal approved and scaling its satellite TV service. But it faces the lingering question of how it will meet these goals.
AT&T has designated 4-Star Industrial Park in Robards, Ky., as "Fiber Ready," illustrating that it is making progress with driving fiber into more commercial buildings to deliver IP-based Ethernet and cloud services.
AT&T is continuing with its 75 Mbps U-verse broadband service tier rollout, announcing that it is bringing it to an additional nine markets in its wireline service territory.
While AT&T's deployment of 1 Gbps fiber in Austin, Texas, is going well, Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of the carrier, credits Google with making the rollout a commercial success. "When Google went into Kansas City and Austin, it changed the game for the industry … in a very peculiar way," he said at a Boston investor conference Monday.
AT&T continues to drive more of its legacy DSL broadband customers onto its IP platform, converting around 80 percent of its subscribers to IP in the first quarter.
AT&T has spent over $2.7 billion during the past two years on upgrades to its wireline and wireless networks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
AT&T invested more than $1.6 billion to improve its wireline and wireless networks in North Carolina between 2012 through 2014, adding more customers to its U-verse network and expanding the availability of its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service.
AT&T Mobility no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. The carrier is not saying how many small cells it plans to deploy by year-end but said that its 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless removed the need to deploy as many small cells as it originally had planned because the deal gave AT&T more macro cell sites for capacity.
AT&T is expanding the availability of its Switched Ethernet Service via Network on Demand to five new markets, with a particular focus on serving businesses in its fiber-ready buildings.