45 Mbps AT&T U-Verse Available in Chicago, Memphis
by Karl Bode 08:31AM Monday Aug 26 2013 Tipped by whamel
For much of the year we've been exclusively reporting that AT&T was busy cooking up a new 45 Mbps down, 6 Mbps up U-Verse tier. In late July AT&T officially announced the tier, noting it would be first made available to California and Nevada customers. The tier is currently being offered at around $76 per month, or as low as $50 with bundles and promotions (which differ depending on competition in your area).
Users in our forums now note that the speedier new tier is now available in parts of Chicago and Memphis. AT&T has yet to officially announce the expansion, though I've reached out for comment. As noted in the screenshot to the left, AT&T still believes the 45 Mbps tier is your best option for "e-mailing."
"With our plant technology advancements, 90 percent of our U-verse customer locations will have the capability to receive what we project to be 75 Mbps -- and 75 percent will have the capability to receive up to 100 Mbps," AT&T CEO John Donovan said back in January. "Almost 80 percent of the IP DSLAM customer locations will have the capability to receive 45 Mbps, with about half of those having the capability to receive up to 75 Mbps."
To obtain anywhere close to 75-100 Mbps, users will need to have quality copper lines, actually have additional pairs to bond together, and must be on shorter loop lengths (around 2,000 feet or less from the VRAD). Many AT&T users struggle to see 3 Mbps, so suggesting that 80-90% of U-Verse customers will qualify for these speeds remains rather optimistic.
Update: AT&T has officially stated that forty new markets can now get the faster 45 Mbps tier as of this morning.
I'm assuming they keep one wet for 911 purposes? I dont know u-verse bundling but does this require POTS for this to work? I also understand that keeping the 2nd one dry without sealing current is a prob, but they have some device that "exercises" the line for a period everyday.
In any case they must over-provision the profile for video and the loops must both be good for this to work properly which always isn't the case.
45/5 + OP or whatever is decent speed (uplink can always be better), so it looks like cable competition is starting to drag them into the 20th century.
Also 2200 feet (675m) for that profile is under theoretical best case 30Mbps performance + vectoring. I doubt one would have a line (both) clean enough for that run. With vectoring the uplink can be WAY more aggressive. Assuming OP for video this is laboratory specs here...
Interestingly enough when you add up the costs of doing all this, it would have been better to just run FTTP, so instead they jack up the rates and keep 20th century technology in place.
I guess the ATT number crunchers didnt figure on cable getting D3 out and ramped up so quickly. Ooops
I was wondering the same thing, although the price for 45 is a bit pricey compared to what Comcast is offering here. Not that I'm planning to go back to them right now, but AT&T is going to have a hard time competing with those rates.
half the people in my area can't even get more than 3 Mbps. and no one can get more than 18 Mbps. What's more ironic I know people that used to get 3 Mbps when it was DSL but now that it's "u-verse" they can only get 768 kbps? That's IMPROVEMENT?
Biggest bunch a bullshit I've ever seen from AT&T.
Cleveland, OH is supposed to be getting this new Internet tier, but what they don't tell you is that in Cleveland you have to be one of the lucky few who got FTTH/FTTP. If you're on copper, forget it; you're never going to get it.
I talked to someone in Technical Support on the phone and they said that in no uncertain terms that I will never ever be able to get this new higher speed Internet tier. The Engineering Department at AT&T has basically stated that upgrading the area that I live in would be too expensive to support the new Internet tier. AT&T has basically told me that I'm lucky I'm getting what I'm getting and to shut up.
OK, I have my answer. I may not like the answer but there it is, I won't ever be getting the new speed tier. -- Tom Tom's Tech Blog
Thanks for the info. We're in the Cleveland burbs on the 18 meg plan at our business. I logged in to the account and there's no upgrade option beyond the 24 meg tier. Oh well. I wonder if they will make an exception for business users, considering TWC is available at 50/5.
How about them getting up off their ass and finish the upgrades in their own back yard!!! Arlington Heights has welcomed AT&T for as long as I have been here (18 years) yet they stopped upgrades on the South Side of the downtown tracks... Half of their offices are on the southside and the other half on the north side.. All the homes directly north of downtown are left out in the cold... dealing with Comcast, Direct TV and other sales people yet we continue to have 40 Year Old Copper that causes noise on the phone's when it rains!!!
Why take a perfectly good data signal on fiber (photonics) and convert it back to a slow electromagnetic environment? Why not run a single fiber the short distance to end users and give them essentially unlimited and cheap speeds.