AT&T launches superfast U-verse to combat cable

AT&T is expanding its premium U-verse service to an additional 40 markets in 15 US states, the US telco giant has announced.

The new markets will benefit from its high-speed ‘Internet Power’ service, offering 45 Mbps downstream and up to 6 Mbps upstream U-verse service to residential and small business customers. The move should give IPTV subscribers greater freedom to explore online content alongside U-verse programming.

AT&T launched the higher-speed service in two states, California and Nevada, in July. The expansion is part of a three-year AT&T plan to expand and enhance its broadband networks, and catch up with cable companies’ moves to faster broadband. It plans to upgrade the top-tier U-verse speeds to up to 100 Mbps.

Last month, AT&T reported gains of 233,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 641,000 U-verse Internet subscribers during the second quarter. But it also lost 61,000 broadband subscribers during the same period.

U-verse Power is now available to eligible residential customers from $49.95 a month, as long as they include TV and voice services in their subscription bundle.

Cities to benefit from the expansion include Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte.

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