The telecommunications company announced Tuesday it is planning to expand the availability of ultra-fast speed service through AT&T GigaPower to homes, apartments and small businesses in the Greenville area.
AT&T “GigaPower” provides internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T customers can choose to upgrade to have faster access to online movies, music, games and more. Greenville is 1 of the 38 new metropolitan areas that will be served by the technology starting next year. AT&T had rolled out faster internet services over a 100% fiber network to 18 cities initially. Metcalfe said AT&T intends to expand its GigaPower network to Columbia and Charleston with the help of state leaders next year.
The broadband currently used by the majority of AT&T customers is a hybrid of fiber-optic and copper facilities. GigaPower connection is created using 100 % fiber-optic facilities which allows for greater speed. AT&T is now replacing copper facilities with fiber-optic ones in the Greenville community and will continue into the coming months.
AT&T spokesman Clifton Metcalfe said Greenville was chosen as one of the first markets in South Carolina to experience this technology because of its growing and vibrant metropolitan community.
“We look at communities where there is a strong investment case, and that’s based on existing networks and demands based on public policies that encourage private investment like this,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.
Metcalfe said AT&T anticipates a variety of areas to benefit from the high-speed connections other than just entertainment. Metcalfe said the new technology will allow better classroom resources, job innovation and creation, economic growth and an expansion upon the branding of Greenville as a technologically advance city.
“It’s important to recognize the role South Carolina leaders have, both governors to general assembly, over many years have worked very hard to update statutes and regulations to encourage private investment in advanced technology to position the state to be in this discussion,” said Metcalfe.
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Kimberly Washington contributed to this report