AT&T U-verse

AT&T U-verse

Type

Subsidiary

Industry
Telecommunications

Founded
June 26, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-06-26)

Areas served

Select US States[1]

Services

Broadband Internet
Phone
Television

Parent
AT&T Inc.

Website
www.att.com/tv/u-verse.html

AT&T U-verse, commonly called U-verse, is an AT&T brand of triple-play telecommunications services. Launched on June 26, 2006, using the FTTP, VDSL, and ADSL communication protocols, U-verse includes broadband Internet, IP telephone, and IPTV services in 21 states.[2][3] The U-verse name is also used for the bundling of wireless and DirecTV services, even outside AT&T’s 21 state local coverage area.

Contents

1 History
2 Services

2.1 Television

2.1.1 U-verse TV packages
2.1.2 Channel groupings
2.1.3 Carriage negotiations

2.2 Internet
2.3 Home Phone

3 Equipment

3.1 Line equipment
3.2 Customer equipment

4 See also
5 References
6 External links

History[edit]
AT&T Inc. announced its plans for a fiber-optic network and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) deployment in 2004 and unveiled the name “U-verse” (formerly “Project Lightspeed”[4]) for the suite of network services on January 6, 2008. Beta testing began in San Antonio in 2005 and AT&T U-verse was commercially launched June 26, 2006, in San Antonio. A few months later on November 30, 2006, the service was launched in Houston. In December 2006, the product launched in Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Hartford, Indianapolis, and other cities in their vicinities. In February 2007, U-verse was launched in Milwaukee. One month later service was initiated in Dallas and Kansas City. In May 2007, U-verse launched in Detroit, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas. Launch continued in Cleveland, Akron, and San Diego in June 2007. The Oklahoma City and Sacramento launches occurred in August 2007. In November 2007, service was started in Austin. In December 2007, U-verse was launched in Orlando and St. Louis. A controlled launch was also initiated in Atlanta that month marking the first launch in the Southeastern United States.[2] On December 22, 2008, the product debuted in Birmingham.[5] On January 25, 2010, AT&T announced that U-verse was available to over 2.8 million households.[2]
AT&T Phone (formerly known as AT&T U-verse Voice) was added on January 22, 2008, and was first available in Detroit.[6] In 2008, U-verse availability approached 8 million households and over 225,000 customers had