The telecommunications giant said it’s service crews recently have installed fiber to an additional 107 multi-tenant buildings across Ohio, making fiber-based broadband services available to more than 2,500 business customer locations.
More than 25 of those buildings are in the Dayton/Springfield area.
The effort is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance the company’s wireless and wireline IP broadband networks, including deploying its fiber network to an additional 1 million business customer locations in its wireline service area by year-end 2015.
AT&T provides the best wireless network in the Chicago area, according to a new report by Seattle-based RootMetrics, which collects data on wireless performance around the world. RootMetrics conducted local testing for one week in mid-September, performing about 97,300 call, data and text tests during different times on Android-based smartphones purchased at carriers’ stores. The company said its tests are designed to reflect typical consumer usage, and the devices are not modified with external equipment.
Customers looking to jump ship from their current mobile service provider to AT&T will soon have a limited number of options when it comes to selecting a data plan, according to media reports published Friday. According to Reuters reporter Sinead Carew, the Dallas-based telecommunications giant has announced that smartphone users signing up for the company’s service for the first time will only be allowed to purchase Mobile Share plans. Those plans “involve higher data fees, but allow subscribers to share data allowances among multiple devices,” Carew explained. The change will go into effect on October 25 and was made because these types of data-share plans are more popular than other subscription types, AT&T officials told the news agency.
Beginning Oct. 25, new customers will only the choice of Mobile Share plans, which start at $50 a month for a basic phone or $70 a month for a smartphone. Both of those plans include unlimited talk and text and 300MB of data that can be shared. AT&T claims that in 95 percent of new customer scenarios, Mobile Share offers “the same or better price with additional value.”