AT&T added two additional markets to its AT&T Fiber footprint and disclosed for the first time that total AT&T Fiber subscribers are approaching 2 million. The two additional markets include Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. and Savannah Ga.
AT&T Fiber availability also expanded across 60 communities in their existing fiber footprint, the company announced. AT&T Fiber now reaches 5.5 million locations, across 57 metros. AT&T reports there are 2 million IP broadband subscribers in those locations, with most of them subscribing to AT&T Fiber, an AT&T spokesperson confirmed with Telecompetitor today. It’s hard to pinpoint a true penetration figure for AT&T Fiber, since that’s 2 million subscribers, not 2 million locations from the available 5.5 million.
AT&T Fiber Subscribers
With these numbers, AT&T is now a top 3 FTTP provider in the U.S., joining Verizon and Frontier (courtesy of purchasing Verizon Fios customers). If these trends continue though, AT&T may have a chance to surpass Verizon as the lead U.S FTTP provider, currently serving 5.7 million Fios subscribers.
AT&T says they are on track to reach 7 million locations with AT&T Fiber by the end of 2017. They are mandated to reach a total of 12.5 million locations with FTTP, as a condition of the FCC’s approval of their acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T says they will achieve that benchmark by 2019.
AT&T offers three plans on their FTTP network, including speed tiers of 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and 1 Gbps (or AT&T 1000). Gigabit fiber Internet service starts at $70 per month, when bundled with other AT&T services, or $80 per month as a stand-alone service, with a 12 month contract.