In the wake of recent deals with Winston-Salem and Durham, Raleigh is the latest North Carolina city to ratify an agreement that clears AT&T to deploy “U-verse with GigaPower,” the telco’s fiber-based, 1-Gbps-capable platform
Like those earlier deals, the one with Raleigh comes way of AT&T’s discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), an initiative comprised of six cities, four universities, and local business leaders, that’s aimed at stimulating deployment of next-gen broadband networks in the state.
AT&T said the plan, like those others in N.C., “outlines potential fiber deployments…to parts of Raleigh,” though the telco has not yet defines which parts will get access to GigaPower.
AT&T has pending ratification in three other North Carolina areas – Carrboro, Cary, and Chapel Hill – where Time Warner Cable is the incumbent cable operator.
The Raleigh-Durham area is also a possible expansion site for Google Fiber, which is exploring a plan to bring its 1-Gig platform and video service bundles to an additional nine metro markets and up to 34 cities.
AT&T has already begun to deploy GigaPower to pockets of Austin, Texas, starting off with symmetrical speeds of 300 Mbps, with an expected ramp to 1 Gbps later this year. AT&T has previously announced plans to roll GigaPower to Dallas this summer. In April, AT&T said it would hold GigaPower-related expansion talks with municipalities in at least 21 new major metros, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City and Los Angeles.