Business customers in Charleston, Mount Pleasant Summerville and North Charleston as well as Upstate and Midlands markets are offered gigabit internet access by AT&T. In the Upstate; Anderson, Duncan, Easley, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Piedmont and Spartanburg get fiber service. Midlands cities including Irmo, Blythewood, and West Columbia, as well as York will also be receiving the service.
This makes AT&T the first option for the ultra-fast speeds in Lowcountry. Considering the region’s growing technology industry, offering a much faster internet compared to others will help to attract more business.
A speed of 1000 megabits per second allows users to download a High Definition movie within seconds. Businesses can download 8,000 word processing documents in 1 second, and backup or restore 1 TB data in just 2.5 hours.
As per the AT&T website, customers should have fiber-ready buildings to use the service. In South Carolina, AT&T has expanded its fiber footprint to more than 13,900 business customers and 180 multitenant office buildings in the state are enjoying the fastest network connection. AT&T is also planning on bringing gigabit internet speeds to businesses in 22 Tennessee communities.
As for the AT&T Business Fiber, the company aims to launch nationwide U-Verse Business Voice, as calls by internet VoIP phone service delivers better sound quality and reliability. “For years, as a result of the pro-business policies that have been pursued by our elected leaders at the state and local levels, AT&T has provided Gigabit and multi-Gigabit connections to businesses across Tennessee, helping to spur business success and job creation,” Joelle Phillips, President of AT&T Tennessee, said in a press release.
“With the increased speeds now available through AT&T Business Fiber, AT&T employees have shown yet another example of how we are innovating to increase connectivity to businesses in urban and rural areas alike,” Phillips added. However, it is unfortunate that AT&T is not offering this speed to home customers.
In accordance with that, Ann Elsas, AT&T spokeswoman said, “While I cannot speculate or provide forward-looking timelines, on average it takes us one year from the day we announce plans to bring AT&T GigaPower to a new metro area to when we begin installing residential service.”
“In today’s global, digital economy, fortune favors the fast. The availability of high-speed communications capabilities delivered by fiber optics is listed as a priority for a vast number of companies seeking to expand or relocate facilities,” Bobby Hitt, State Commerce Secretary commented.