Today, ten years later, AT&T is thrilled to be leading the nation's largest fiber build to customer locations2. We also have the fastest-growing fiber Internet3.
But that’s not all we’ve got cooking. We’re excited to expand fiber service to even more consumers through Public-Private partnerships including government funds from the American Rescue Plan and the upcoming BEAD program as well as creative business collaborations like our proposed joint venture – Gigapower. The federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) also helps qualified households pay for connectivity services. These initiatives are all helping to expand fiber services to more people. In ten short years, we’ve passed 25 million locations and remain on track to pass 30 million-plus consumer and business locations within our existing wireline footprint by the end of 2025.
Not only have we expanded our fiber build efforts beyond Austin, we’ve made available even faster speeds that would make 2013 blue with envy. In 2022, we introduced multi-gig fiber speeds of up to 5-Gigs, upping the ante for what it means to have hyper-fast connectivity. Additionally, we became the first operator to achieve 20-Gig symmetrical speeds in our production network with 25GS-PON technology. With its ability to run over the same fiber optic cables that we’ve spent the last decade installing from Austin and nationwide, 20-Gig symmetrical speeds offer developers and engineers a huge runway to the future – making it possible for connected apps and services that we’ve yet to become obsessed with to have plenty of bandwidth when they materialize.
As we celebrate AT&T Fiber’s momentous anniversary and reflect on the last ten years, we also look ahead to what the future will bring. With projections eyeing a 5x data increase on our network from 2021 to 2025, and consumers accessing roughly 30x more data in the home than on-the-go with smartphones, we’re proud to continue innovating on our initial fiber internet offering and ensuring AT&T Fiber is not only built for today’s demands – but also tomorrow’s.