AT&T has unveiled plans to offer Gigabit broadband connectivity in nearly 85 cities across 20 major metropolitan areas by the end of November. This week will see the ‘AT&T Fiber’ service go live in Baton Rouge (Louisiana); Birmingham (Alabama); Charleston (South Carolina); and Reno (Nevada), increasing the telco’s fibre footprint to 44 (of a planned 67) major metros nationwide. Running in parallel, AT&T intends to expand its 100% fibre network in 16 metros where it has already launched, namely: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Fresno, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County and Orange County), Miami, Orlando, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Francisco, St. Louis and West Palm Beach.
AT&T claims that it now has the largest fibre network across the 21 states where it offers a residential broadband service, marketing Gigabit connectivity to more than three million locations, of which over 500,000 include apartments and condominium units. Going forward, the telco notes that it is on track to meet the 12.5 million locations planned by mid-2019.