Source: Leland Kim, AT&T Media Relations Director, Northern California and Northern Nevada
AT&T’s impressive progress in building out fiber optics to commercial office buildings, residences and cell towers are discussed in this blog post, edited by Alan J Weissberger, ComSoc Community content manager.
For a map of AT&T Fiber Ready Buildouts in the U.S. please refer to: http://www.corp.att.com/fiberreadybuilding/map.html and click on the state you’re interested in. You will then see a list of cities in that state where fiber to the building is available.
AT&T is investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas using the latest wired and wireless technologies and has aggressively expanded its fiber footprint over the past few years, both to consumers and businesses. Since 2012, we have expanded to coverage to reach over 1M incremental business customer locations in the US.
Today, AT&T covers over 97K Business within Fiber Lit Buildings in the San Francisco area. AT&T also covers over 40K Business within Fiber Lit Building in the Santa Clara County area.
AT&T continues to build out to meet the needs of our customers. New buildings are constructed, and old buildings are retrofitted everyday throughout the country, at a massive scale. In fact, according to the US Census Bureau, the seasonally adjusted annual value of private, nonresidential construction in the US in 2015 was $394.4 billion. Our goal is to work with building owners and property managers to strive to satisfy the demand for fiber services of the tenants of that construction.
AT&T offers a variety of speeds through dedicated access products such as Ethernet, VPN and Managed Internet Services. For example, AT&T Dedicated Ethernet Service is available in speeds up to 100 Gbps. We also offer AT&T Business Fiber with upload and download speeds up to 300 megabits per second, with plans to reach up to 1 gigabit per second.
Leading AT&T Business Fiber offers are:
– New customers that commit to at least 50M/10M speed AT&T Business Fiber U-verse High Speed Internet or any symmetrical speed including 25M/25M and pay the $200 installation NRC charge are eligible for 100% rebate of their installation charge in the form of a $200 AT&T Visa® Reward Card.
AT&T has been preparing for customer demand for services to get so great that only fiber can deliver. In fact, we’ve been getting ready since we began building our U-verse IP fiber-based network in 2007.
In 2013, the company announced our commitment to pilot some of the fastest Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second in Austin, Texas over the 100% fiber AT&T GigaPower network. We were live with AT&T GigaPower by the end of the year. Nationally, AT&T is live with GigaPower in homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 20 major metro areas and have announced plans to expand in parts of 36 additional metros across the United States – which will total at least 56 metros served.
More than 1.6 million locations have access to speeds up to 1 gigabit per second over the AT&T GigaPower network, and we expect to more than double location availability by the end of 2016.
Additionally, the telco continues to roll out our fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million residential and commercial locations.
In California, GigaFiber is live in the Cupertino and Los Angeles metro areas. It’s also available in limited parts of the San Francisco area with a larger launch later this year. AT&T announced plans to expand to Bakersfield, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose metro areas as well.
Fiber to cell towers
· We connect individual cell sites to the main AT&T network with high-speed, reliable fiber cables (Ethernet backhaul) which provides fast connections.
· More than 99% of our mobile data traffic moves between cell towers at ultra-high speeds over enhanced backhaul across our wireline network.
· Our network carries a tremendous amount of data, and we do it every day. Our advanced network carries more than 117.4 petabytes of traffic on an average business day. (As of 1Q2016). We use ultra-fast, efficient fiber optic cable to connect key components of our network.
· We have 1,053,240 fiber route miles connecting businesses around the world. (As of 1Q2016.)