AT&T lures property owners, developers to adopt 1 Gig services

AT&T (NYSE: T) is targeting property owners, management groups and developers to extend its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service into new and existing multi-dwelling units (MDUs).

Initially, the service provider will focus on targeting MDUs in the markets where it already offers GigaPower or others where it plans to offer the service such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Kansas City.

Joni Arison, AT&T senior vice president of AT&T emerging markets, said in a release that by working with property owners, management groups, homeowner associations and developers to expand the availability of the fiber network they "will make properties more attractive."

AT&T's Connected Communities (ACC) will work with property owners and managers that want to add their U-verse with GigaPower service to their location.

The telco's ACC said it can plan and install a fiber network in three steps. Property owners  nominate their property by going to the site; then, a custom overbuild design will then be created by AT&T engineers and approved by the property's onwers. Once an agreement is reached, the telco will install the GigaPower network in a way that will "minimize disruption to the property and residents."

After seeing what it said were positive results from the initial launch of its first 1 Gbps market in Austin in 2013, AT&T set an ambitious expansion plan to extend its FTTP network to a mix of single-family homes and multifamily living units in up to 25 markets.

What's more, the service provider will expand their 1 Gbps FTTP network to an additional 2 million customer locations if regulators approve its proposed acquisition of DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV).

For more:
- see the release

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