AT&T enhances Dallas' U-verse broadband, video reach with $2.7B investment

AT&T (NYSE: 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.

As part of this investment, AT&T expanded the reach of its last mile network to support more U-verse subscribers.

These upgrades mean that AT&T can provide its U-verse High Speed Internet, U-verse video and U-verse voice services to an additional 24,500 locations.

AT&T said the upgrades stem from its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network upgrade program.

On the U-verse upgrade side, AT&T has been expanding the reach of its 75 Mbps U-verse tier in Dallas and throughout other parts of Texas such as Austin, Brownsville, Lubbock and elsewhere.

While its traditional FTTN-based U-verse service has been a key focus for AT&T in Dallas, the carrier also began building out its GigaPower 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area starting in July.

While AT&T is not going to release its Q1 2014 results until next Wednesday, the service provider has been focusing on attracting what it calls "profitable customers" now that it has largely completed the build outs related to Project VIP.

AT&T's move to focus on profitable customers comes at the price of seeing slower U-verse video additions. During the fourth-quarter earnings season, AT&T added 73,000 U-verse TV customers--down from the 194,000 it added in the same period of 2013.

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