US telecoms giant AT&T Communications has confirmed that it stopped marketing its legacy DSL service on 1 October 2020. A media statement issued by the telco reads: ‘We’re beginning to phase out outdated services like DSL and new orders for the service will no longer be supported after 1 October. Current DSL customers will be able to continue their existing service or where possible upgrade to our 100% fibre network.’
According to the telco’s 2Q20 report, AT&T’s ‘Entertainment’ Group’ (i.e. residential unit) served 13.944 million subscribers at end-June 2020. Of this figure, 469,000 still utilised DSL networks. At that date, 4.321 million customers used ‘IP-Fiber’ (i.e. fibre-to-the-home [FTTH]) technology, while 9.154 million users were connected via ‘IP-Non Fiber’ (i.e. fibre-to-the-node [FTTN]) platforms. In addition, the telco serves more than a million B2B subscribers via unspecified platforms.