AT&T is moving quite quickly with its plans to deploy GigaPower service to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding cities. GigaPower is the name that AT&T has given to the fiber-to-the-home infrastructure it plans to deploy in various communities nationwide. That infrastructure can support broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Although some communities will see initial maximum speeds of 100 Mbps, AT&T said gigabit speeds will be available by the end of the year in parts of both cities and surrounding areas. The company will begin offering service this summer in some areas, including some that will support gigabit service at that time.
AT&T initially announced GigaPower plans for Dallas several months ago. As of April Fort Worth was on AT&T’s list of 100 cities under consideration for GigaPower but apparently is now confirmed – a move that is not surprising, considering its proximity to Dallas. One of the trends underlying the gigabit network movement has been for deployments to occur in clusters, with one initial announcement in an area triggering additional announcements in surrounding areas.
Dallas/Fort Worth GigaPower Video Plans
In today’s announcement about Dallas and Fort Worth, AT&T also noted that its GigaPower network will support the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams and will include the company’s largest storage capacity DVR with a one terabyte hard drive.
Gigabit networks have gained considerable momentum in recent months, with announcements coming more and more frequently. These initiatives have been on the rise, in part, because communities that received some of the earliest gigabit deployments have seen considerable economic benefits – a factor that AT&T Texas President Dave Nichols referenced in AT&T’s announcement today.
“The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth,” said Nichols.
Details about specific Dallas and Fort Worth communities that will be receiving GigaPower service in 2014 can be found in today’s announcement.