To date, AT&T has targeted Time Warner Cable’s footprint with its GigaPower network, but now it will take on Comcast when the 1-Gig service launches in Cupertino.
AT&T didn’t provide a lot of details on the Cupertino launch, but The San Jose Mercury News reported that the service was scheduled to go live in Apple’s hometown in December, with other Bay area rollouts to follow early next year. In the same story, an AT&T spokesman said the company wasn’t comfortable with announcing launch dates.
The Cupertino GigaPower launch is the first West of the Rockies for AT&T after the service has gone live in parts of Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. Like Google Fiber, AT&T typically cherry picks more affluent areas for its GigaPower network.
AT&T didn’t say if GigaPower would launch in Cupertino with the full 1-Gig speed, or the symmetrical 300 Mbps tier that was initially offered in Austin last year.
"Cupertino is proud to be the first city announced in California set to receive the ultra-high-speed AT&T GigaPower network," said Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong. "Cupertino is leading the way in creating an environment that fosters innovation, and the deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband service will further support innovation in our community, spur our local businesses, and result in even greater economic development in our city. We are very pleased to work with AT&T to offer this unprecedented service to our residents and small businesses."
Comcast’s fasted residential tier in Cupertino clocks in at 150 Mbps, but it does offer multiple Gigabit connections to business customers in the Bay Area, including a dual 10 Gigabit connection.
AT&T said it would also expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of California, but didn’t say where. U-verse is currently available in the Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Modesto, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose areas and surrounding communities.
AT&T has invested more than $7.1 billion in its California wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 2013.
"AT&T has been bringing the latest, most advanced technology to our customers for well over a century, and today we continue that tradition by bringing AT&T GigaPower – the fastest broadband network available – to Cupertino," said Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. "The ultra-fast speeds of the AT&T GigaPower network open up a whole new world of possibilities for our customers in Cupertino. AT&T's network already serves as a backbone for innovation in California, and AT&T GigaPower represents a huge leap forward.”
The GigaPower service is also slated for Charlotte, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Fla., Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.