T-Cellular at the moment put a goal on AT&T, saying a serious growth of its LTE fastened wi-fi residence web pilot to tons of of recent places the place simply final week AT&T stopped taking signups for its DSL service.

And T-Cellular made no qualms about pouncing on that improvement. The announcement touts that the pilot is increasing to greater than 20 million households in elements of 450 cities and cities “being deserted by AT&T in the midst of pandemic when connectivity has by no means been extra vital.”

AT&T stopped accepting new orders for its copper-based DSL service on October 1. Present DSL clients can maintain utilizing their present service or can improve to the operator’s fiber service the place it’s obtainable. Nevertheless, not all DSL places have the choice for fiber simply but and the Communications Employees of America (CWA) union has criticized the dearth of fiber various.  

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T-Cellular CEO Mike Sievert referred to as AT&T out, in an announcement saying: “We will’t stand idly by whereas AT&T leaves doubtlessly hundreds of thousands with fewer residence Web choices at a time when our connection to the Web is so important… That’s why we’re enterprise this huge growth.”

Nonetheless, in the case of T-Cellular’s growth, there are some caveats. The operator acknowledged it doesn’t have complete protection in the entire areas AT&T gives DSL, a lot of that are in rural elements of the nation. And it’s unclear precisely what number of households T-Cellular’s LTE FWA residence web pilot can help.

On its web site T-Cellular mentioned the service is on the market on a “first-come, first-served foundation based mostly on gear stock and native community capability,” which it famous “is increasing on a regular basis.”

When contacted by Fierce about what number of of these 20 million properties T-Cellular believes it could actually at present help, a T-Cellular spokesperson responded that: “We’re not offering any extra data as to our stock/capability.”

The complete record of recent places is here, and shoppers can test availability for his or her handle on T-Cellular’s web site.

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Nonetheless, it does characterize a a lot greater stake within the floor in the case of T-Cellular’s fastened wi-fi residence web efforts – with a presence in 27 new states.

T-Cellular has been pretty quiet about its LTE FWA pilot program to date, which launched in March 2019 as an invitation-only service obtainable to pick present clients in particular areas. The purpose was to achieve 50,000 households by the tip of 2019.

Extra lately that expanded to non-T-Cellular clients in sure Michigan counties, together with the Grand Rapids space.

As a part of commitments to safe approval for its Dash merger, T-Cellular pledged to cowl greater than half of U.S. households with 5G broadband service, promising speeds above 100 Mbps, by 2024. At the moment, it mentioned it could have the capability to allow 9.4 million households inside six years and be a critical challenger to cable operators and telco web service suppliers.

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T-Cellular isn’t the one one doing LTE fastened wi-fi for residence broadband.

Competitor Verizon’s FWA LTE service was doing so nicely in rural areas that it just expanded to cowl rural elements of 189 markets in 48 states. The growth occurred to be introduced Oct. 1, the identical day AT&T pulled the plug on DSL.

Verizon advised Fierce earlier this week it was all about timing – although not talking straight about AT&T.   

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T-Cellular’s LTE Dwelling Web is priced at $50 monthly with autopay – which lands in between Verizon’s $40 monthly price ticket for its wi-fi subscribers and the $60 monthly cost for non-Verizon wi-fi subs. Nevertheless, Verizon clients have to purchase a $240 residence router for self-install.

T-Cellular’s FWA LTE residence web service can be self-install however the operator says there aren’t any {hardware} charges, and a $0 {hardware} lease with service for the T-Cellular LTE Wi-Fi Gateway. The operator additionally touts taxes and costs included, no two-year contracts and costs gained’t improve after an introductory interval.