AT&T to bring 75 Mbps U-verse tier to four additional Texas markets

AT&T (NYSE: T) has made its 75 Mbps service available in four more Texas markets, scaling it to over 70 markets across 21 states.

Customers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Midland/Odessa and San Antonio can now take advantage of the service.

Similar to earlier launches, AT&T is making the new tier possible by deploying a 17 MHz signal, which is twice the 8.5 MHz signal previously available to most U-verse customers.

Bob Bickerstaff, VP of Voice & Data Products, said in a blog post that by upgrading to the 17 MHz signal AT&T can provide "faster speeds, a reliable connection and a better customer experience."

Being a copper-based fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) service, AT&T cautions that the 75 Mbps service is currently available only in select areas.

Complementing the rollout of the 75 Mbps tier, AT&T plans to provide over 25 million locations speeds of up to 45 Mbps within the next four years.

AT&T continues to make progress in converting more of its legacy DSL customers to the IP-based U-verse platform. As of the end of the second quarter, AT&T migrated over 90 percent of IP-eligible subscribers to U-verse IP Internet, up from the 80 percent it reported in the first quarter of 2015. The company now has less than 1 million eligible DSL subscribers left to transition to the IP-based platform.

The service provider is also going to officially start offering its 1 Gbps FTTH service to residential and business customers in San Antonio on Sept. 28, a market where it will go head-to-head with Google Fiber.

In 2014, AT&T hatched plans to build out its 1 Gbps GigaPower FTTH network service to San Antonio and 20 other major metro areas. It already provides GigaPower Internet service in Austin and it's available in 15 cities nationwide.

For more:
- see this AT&T blog post
- Silicon Hills News has this article

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