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AT&T Opens the Business Broadband Throttle to 300Mbps

September 23, 2014

AT&T has announced its AT&T Business Fiber offering, delivering up to 300 Mbps initially to on-net buildings, with future plans to offer speeds up to 1Gbps. The offering is part of its U-verse High Speed Internet service for businesses broadband suite, and opens the door for the telco to push a range of bandwidth-intensive enterprise applications (like video) and real-time communications (RTC) over its network.

AT&T Business Fiber is the first new service introduced under the company's Fiber to the Building program, which is part of Project Velocity IP. The project includes plans to reach more than 1 million additional business customer locations with fiber in AT&T's wireline service area. To date, AT&T has deployed fiber to more than half a million additional business customer locations across its wireline service area.

The new high speed Internet service is available to more than 16,000 businesses located in AT&T Fiber Ready Buildings in Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Detroit; Indianapolis; Sacramento, Calif.; and Orlando, Fla.  Additional markets where the company expects to launch AT&T Business Fiber will be announced later this year.

That kind of bandwidth can support critical applications, such as cloud, backup, storage, video conferencing and more, which can be critical as both differentiators and new revenue-generators going forward.

"Our newest blazing-fast U-verse service, AT&T Business Fiber, will be a game changer for businesses in AT&T Fiber Ready Buildings," said Cathy Martine, AT&T president of enterprise business solutions. "By offering our high speed tiers at speeds of up to 300Mbps, and soon 1Gbps, they will be able to access services and technologies that will help take their businesses to the next level."

An example of this is one of AT&T’s anchor customers for the service, GameStop Corp., and specifically its retail store located at the Barton Creek Mall in Austin, Texas. The AT&T high-speed network will support the company's GameStop Technology Institute.

"Our mission is to deliver the most advanced retail experiences to meet customers' needs on their terms both in our physical and online stores," said Jeff Donaldson, senior vice president of the GameStop Technology Institute. "To do this, we require advanced network design and capabilities that are as innovative as the retail technological applications we will be implementing within our stores. The AT&T Business Fiber service is the right network solution to not only help address our demanding IT infrastructure needs today, but to also help us implement the next evolutionary stage of our in-store retail capabilities."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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