U-verse GigaPower Enters North Carolina Broadband Market

The clouds of competition gather over the skies of six cities in North Carolina as the country's one of the oldest and largest telecommunication service providers, AT&T takes steps forward to deliver gigabit services to its subscribers. AT&T said they have been talking with North Carolina Next Generation Networks (NCNGN) to deploy 1 Gbps broadband over fiber networks in the State.

Google had announced their 1 Gbps fiber broadband in North Carolina, where the Time Warner Cable has a significant presence. North Carolina would be the next broadband battlefield in the United States. The high speed broadband market is waiting for the launch of AT&T's U-verse GigaPower, where the internet giant Google is expanding their networks and cable giant Time Warner Cable have already made their foothold. AT&T would be in direct competition with Google and Time Warner Cables to woo broadband customers in the state. AT&T U-verse is currently available in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Asheville and surrounding areas. North Carolina is home to the telecommunication companies such as CenturyLink, Verizon, Birch, Carolina Digital Phone Cavalier, Deltacom, Windstream, Time Warner Cable, Charter, ATMC, TDS Telecom, Matrix, North State Communications.

In North Carolina, AT&T plans to offer its U-verse GigaPower fiber optic broadband services in Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Apart from connecting subscribers who join for U-verse GigaPower, the telecom service provider intends to provide free broadband services to around 3000 houses that the company identifies as under-served homes. The speed of free broadband services will be up to 3 Mbps. This indicates the social commitment of the communication giant.

AT&T target initially to connect 100 businesses and 100 public sites. Work will be started after getting necessary right of way and approvals. Broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps would be an exciting experience for subscribers. Google offers its one Giga service at a monthly charge of US$70 and a construction fee of US$30.

NCNGN is a regional initiative focusing on the deployment of fiber optic networks in North Carolina. First launch of GigaPower was in Austin. The broadband speeds of that service is 300 Mbps. Subscribers of that service will automatically be upgraded to the 1 gigabit speed as it becomes available. AT&T plans to offer GigaPower in Dallas, the coming summer and have plans for San Antonio. 

SLT launches 100Mbps FTTH network

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched the country’s first 100Mbps FTTH network, while Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom reportedly plans to introduce its 300Mbps fiber service next month.

SLT announced that it aims to bring FTTH or FTTB to the nearly 500,000 subscribers to its broadband services.

The announcement states that the company wants to ensure that residential, business, public sector, carriers and ISPs in the country have access to 100Mbps speeds.

SLT will offer residential broadband packages offering 50Mbps and 100Mbps download speeds, and will also offer its existing Peo TV IPTV packages as an option.

Chunghwa Telecom meanwhile plans to launch 300Mbps downlink fiber services next month, DigiTimes reported. The plans will be priced at below TW$2,000 ($66) per month.

The operator also reportedly plans to increase the uplink speeds for its 100Mbps service to 40Mbps from 20Mbps, and for its 60Mbps plan to 20Mbps from 15Mbps.

Chunghwa Telecom has set a target of having 1 million 100Mbps subscribers – up from 450,000 today – by the end of the year. The company’s total fiber subscriber base is currently 2.71 million.

The operator first teased plans to introduce 300Mbps services in January, but did not give a timeframe.