AT&T has continued its deployment of ‘GigaPower’ 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services, with the announcement that its new U-Verse with GigaPower service will soon be available in parts of the Chicago area. According to a company press release, AT&T will soon offer the symmetrical gigabit service in parts of Elgin, Oswego, Plainfield, Skokie, Yorkville and surrounding metropolitan areas, before expanding to Chicago itself by the summer. As per previous rollouts, AT&T’s Chicago Gigapower rollout is initially focusing on improving broadband access speeds at housing developments where FTTx is already in situ, or where end users already have a U-verse service over fibre but have been previously capped at DSL-like speeds. It is understood that AT&T is offering promotional prices starting from USD120 per month for the basic package, although it has been noted that in areas where it competes with Google Fiber, AT&T usually matches Google’s USD70 a month price point (plus fees) where it is able.
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month AT&T switched on GigaPower in parts of Atlanta, Decatur, Newnan, Sandy Springs and a number of surrounding communities located throughout the metro area. Going forward, the carrier has said that it is considering expanding its all-fibre network to up to 100 cities and municipalities across 25 markets. GigaPower is also available across parts of nine markets, namely: Atlanta (Georgia), Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston (all Texas), Kansas City (Missouri), Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem (both North Carolina) and Cupertino (California). In addition, AT&T has also announced plans to deliver GigaPower in selected areas of seven more markets: Charlotte and Greensboro (North Carolina), Jacksonville and Miami (Florida), Nashville (Tennessee), St Louis (Missouri) and San Antonio (Texas).