AT&T’s U-verse build-out appears to be on at least temporary hold, leaving about 5 million homes passed still waiting for an upgrade.
AT&T announced its Project VIP upgrade at the end of 2012. At the time, the plan was to expand its U-verse footprint from 24.5 million homes to 32.9 million at the end of 2015. DSL Reports said it has confirmed the build-out is stalled – it calculates at about 28.2 million homes.
AT&T told DSL Reports it will meet its stated goal, noted that it is rolling out its gigabit service, called Gigapower, but did not comment on the U-verse buildout.
Possible reasons for the delay include a holdup associated with the company’s proposed takeover of DirecTV, and a re-evaluation of technology options. DSL Reports notes that AT&T has been a major contributor to G.fast, a newer variation of DSL technology that delivers hundreds of megabits a second, but requires especially short loop lengths.