AT&T continues to find more locations in its wireline network to offer fiber-to-the-business services, and its recent expansions in Kansas and Missouri reflect that trend.
AT&T confirmed plans that it may extend its fiber-to-the-premises services to additional consumer and business locations in its wireline footprint after completing its build to 14 million sites.
AT&T has completed the buildout of fiber to 1 million additional business customer locations thanks to the fiber-to-the-building program that is part of its Project VIP initiative.
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.