AT&T considers this an efficient method of delivering high-speed internet to customers living in rural areas of the country that have been left behind in the digital age until now.
AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet service has just expanded into 8 new states, extending connectivity options in more rural regions through the US.
The states included in today’s announcement are – Alabama; Florida; Kentucky; North and South Carolina; Tennessee and Louisiana. Those come in addition to the initial launch that took place in Georgia back in April. AT&T, Verizon and eight other carriers accepted a total of $1.5 billion in late 2015 in the second phase of that initiative, which aims to bring broadband service to an estimated 23 million Americans in rural areas.
“We’re committed to connect hard-to-reach locations to the internet”, said Cheryl Choy, vice president, wired voice and internet products at AT&T in a press release.
The strategy of AT&T is to expand fixed wireless services to 18 states overall later this year. Other states slated to get the service include Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, and Texas.
The company claims that its fixed wireless service delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps.
That’s an excellent expansion, but only a small part of AT&T’s plans – the service provider anticipates expanding Fixed Wireless Internet into more than 400,000 locations by the end of this year, hitting more than a million locations by the year 2020. The price is $10 per 50GB for additional data up to a max of $200 per month.
Includes 160GB data bucket per month. Eighteen additional states are planned to join this AT&T fixed wireless footprint by then end of 2017, according to the company. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.
“Although we are using a largely separate network from our current Mobility infrastructure for this service, the service is running off of existing LTE cell towers”, an AT&T spokesperson tells Telecompetitor.