SBC plans USD6 billion fibre-optic network

23 Jun 2004

Texas-based SBC Communications has announced plans to spend up to USD6 billion over the next five years on a new fibre-optic network capable of delivering digital television, super high speed broadband and VoIP services. The new network will deliver significantly higher broadband speeds than any other residential service offered by a major carrier in the US, with download speeds of 15Mbps to 25Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps to 3Mbps dedicated to each customer. The company has begun piloting fibre-optic network in communities outside San Francisco and Milwaukee, with a final decision on rollout dependent upon both successful completion of the trials and on the company meeting federal regulatory requirements. SBC is also testing a digital video service using Microsoft TV’s IPTV technology, that will enable it to offer features like standard and high definition programming, customisable channel line ups, video on demand, digital video recording and multimedia interactive programme guides.

United States, AT&T