AT&T announces multi-gigabit fiber: $110 a month for 2Gbps, $180 for 5Gbps


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AT&T has begun offering symmetrical 2 Gbps and 5 Gbps Internet speeds over its fiber-to-the-home network, the telecommunications company announced today. Multi-gigabit speeds are available to “nearly 5.2 million customer locations in parts of more than 70 metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas,” AT&T said.

AT&T charges $110 per month plus tax for its 2 Gbps home internet plan and $180 per month plus tax for its 5 Gbps home internet plan. Business fiber prices are $225 per month for 2 Gbps and $395 for 5 Gbps. Base prices for other fiber internet plans for the home they are $55 for 300Mbps, $65 for 500Mbps, and $80 for 1Gbps. The fine print notes that a “$99 setup fee” may apply.

AT&T imposes data caps on low-end home internet plans, but provides unlimited data in tiers with speeds of 100 Mbps and above. AT&T’s announcement said its new fiber plans “have no equipment fees, no annual contract, no data limits, and no 12-month price increase.” 1Gbps and multigigabit plans also include access to HBO Max.

“Two New Multi-Gig Service Tiers Include Free Rental of AT&T Modem-Router Gateway Device for Home Wi-Fi,” CNET reported. AT&T last gateway is compatible with Wi-Fi 6.

Full speed from a single device apparently requires a wired connection, though multiple devices could be combined to use the full 5Gbps over Wi-Fi. Here it is what AT&T says on how to achieve maximum speeds on the 5 Gbps plan:

The maximum speed on a single connected device is 4.7 Gbps. To achieve that speed, you must have a proper wired connection between the Wi-Fi gateway’s 5Gb port and a device capable of receiving the full speed. In other configurations, the speed will be distributed to all connected devices via wired or Wi-Fi connections to the gateway.

where is it available

The full list of metro areas where AT&T offers gigabit or multi-gigabit speeds is available here. Multiple concert areas include parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. . You can use AT&T Address Checker to see if fiber is available in your home or business.

AT&T said it plans to eventually bring multi-gigabit speed levels “to the rest of the company’s existing fiber base,” CNET wrote.

Unfortunately, AT&T has left tens of millions of homes in its 21-state landline territory without fiber-to-the-home access. The company also stopped offering its older DSL product to new customers, even in areas it hasn’t upgraded. That means new customers can only sign up for AT&T Cable Internet at locations that have fiber-to-the-home or fiber-to-the-node access.

AT&T said in october which had about 5.7 million fiber-to-the-home customers, including about 3.4 million on 1 Gbps connections. AT&T saying had 14.2 million residential Internet customers when fiber, fiber to the node and DSL are added.

AT&T targets 30 million fiber locations

AT&T was slowing down its fiber-to-the-home rollouts in 2019, but the company ramped up fiber deployment again in early 2021 amid a change in business plans. AT&T originally said it planned to bring fiber to 3 million new homes and businesses in 2021, but later revised it to 2.6 million.

That probably means AT&T fiber is available in about 17.5 million locations now (we’ve asked AT&T for an updated figure and will update this article if we hear back). The company have saying will add 3 to 5 million new fiber locations per year for the next several years.

“AT&T will continue to provide multigigabit-capable technology in our current fiber footprint through 2022 and as part of our future expansion efforts to cover 30 million customer locations by the end of 2025,” the company said today.

There are around of 53 million homes in the AT&T Home Internet Service Area.

Separately, Ziply Fiber last week Announced 2 Gbps and 5 Gbps fiber for “nearly 170,000 residential customer addresses in 60 cities and towns in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.” charging $120 per month for 2Gbps and $300 for 5Gbps.


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