AT&T stays ahead of Comcast threat with Indianapolis 1 Gig launch

AT&T (NYSE: T) has launched 1 Gbps service for residential and business customers in Indianapolis, signaling another move by the telco to keep apace of competitive threats from Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) as it introduces similar service over its hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network.

Similar to earlier launches of its GigaPower service, AT&T has built out to a mix of single-family homes, over 25 apartment complexes, and small businesses in parts of Indianapolis, as well as surrounding communities including Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Plainfield.

Eligible residential customers can get the standalone 1 Gbps data service for as low as $90 a month, but they must agree to have their web browsing tracked by AT&T.

Delivering 1 Gbps FTTH service is just one part of its buildout in Indianapolis.

AT&T's Business Fiber program is also leveraging the same GPON architecture to deliver a range of speeds up to 1 Gbps in its AT&T Fiber Ready buildings. The service provider is offering the 1 Gbps fiber-based services to businesses in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson market area as well as 13 other surrounding areas.

GPON has become a key tool for AT&T in extending 1 Gbps services to more businesses within its wireline footprint. After reaching its goal to bring fiber bring fiber to 1 million business locations in its wireline territory, the service provider previously told FierceTelecom that the next priorities for FTTP in the business segment growth will be driven by its on-demand Ethernet service and GPON-based products.

Indianapolis is only one area where AT&T has been expanding the availability of its fiber-based 1 Gbps offerings. In June, AT&T announced that its 1 Gbps service reached 15 communities in the first 18 months of service, while deepening its FTTP footprint in eight other markets.

Currently available in over 1.6 million locations across 26 of the nation's largest metro areas, AT&T has plans to expand the availability of its 1 Gbps offering in parts of 30 more areas -- bringing it to a total of 56 metros.

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