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BillP

@sbcglobal.net

How can I find out when my area will have MaxTurbo or faster

I am in Leander, Texas, which is just outside Austin. I have FTTP, but am only allowed to get 18/3 service. I had 24Mbps back in California over copper! I've "heard" that they keep this area at lower speeds because their core infrastructure isn't up to snuff.

Anyhow, what's the process for finding out if and when we will get faster speeds? Getting things out of first-level techs is useless.

I'll jump to a faster competitor if it becomes available. We have TWC in the neighborhood too, but I've heard too many nightmares about them as a company (but fewer about their IP service).

I only use UVerse for voice and Internet. I get my TV from DirecTV so all I really want is fast internet!


davidhoffman
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You will know when they hang door hangers in your neighborhood or they send you a snail mail or e-mail notice. AT&T does not give out advanced notice of network upgrades.


bplein

join:2013-03-14
Leander, TX

Thanks! (now posting from a new account vs. the anonymous account prior)



rolande
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The word is that they are going to start very soon in the Dallas area rolling out larger gateway profiles up to 45Meg to support more throughput on existing equipment and the option to pair bond with a new Motorola router to support up to 75Meg downstream. They are supposedly in the process of hiring the line techs to support the rollout. I'm not sure what that means for timing in the rest of the markets but I'm sure it won't be far behind. They seem to use the Dallas market as the early testbed to prove it out before going national.
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NormanS
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Isn't that for FTTN service? When they upgrade FTTN service, will they also upgrade FTTH service?
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fakarooz

@sbcglobal.net
reply to rolande

Correction. The Motorola gateway will be the new gateway used in all installs as the older 3800/3801 are being discontinued. It can support single pair or pair bonded profiles. Techs will probably be advised to install older refurb 3800/3801s to customers subscribing to 24mbps or slower. When the Motorola RG is the only option techs are advised to pair bond on new installs or repairs even if the customer subscribes to slow tiers. Supposedly this will help with reliability. Also the new profile is not 45meg, 45mbps is the new speed tier to be rolled out. The profile will be 55meg. You will need at least 69mbps max sync rate to get the 55meg profile on a single pair, so it's highly likely most people will be pair bonded since the higher frequency profile 17a and vectoring isn't going to be rolled out for awhile



bypassus

@rr.com

Just newbie to U-verse but telecom specialist. So new speed is FTTX Technology like FiOS? Old speed is ADSL2+ or VDSL? I am in Dallas,and ordering U-verse service, but I cannot find the new speed service.



rolande
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The new speed tiers/packages are not generally available yet. It is sounding like they will show up in the next 3-6 months possibly even sooner in the Dallas market.

UVerse services are delivered using VDSL technology. Even the new speed tiers will make use of VDSL, just 2 copper pairs each with a VDSL connection treated as a single logical connection. ADSL2+ is the previous generation delivery method. The FTTX technology that AT&T has installed is not the same as FiOS. FiOS uses GPON with an ONT that has ethernet handoff to the residence. AT&T's handoff from an FTTP install I believe is still a VDSL connection.
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ILpt4U
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Handoff from a FTTP ONT to the modem is Ethernet, not VDSL2.

And U-Verse utilizes ADSL2+, VDSL2, and xPON, depending on your location and services offered

Also some Verizon FiOS does utilize VDSL (mostly in MDUs), and some FiOS FTTP customers have BPON, but most have GPON as I understand it