AT&T Adds Speed to US Network

Keeping up with 21st century consumers' broadband greed
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2007 3:09 PM CST
The AT&T, Inc. logo is seen on on of the company's buildings in San Antonio in this April 25, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – AT&T has begun using a high-speed backbone network to move data faster across the US, the company said Monday. The network's capacity is 40 gigabits per second -- quadruple the previous capacity -- allowing users to more quickly access bandwidth-greedy files and videos. It is the first such network deployed in the US, reports AP, though Verizon is planning a backbone network in Europe.

AT&T says it is upgrading its network to meet customers' ever-growing bandwidth needs. "As the demand for Internet and IP-based applications continues to explode, IP traffic on the AT&T network has doubled throughout the past two years, and we fully expect this substantial growth to continue in the future," said a company rep. The company has upgraded 50,000 miles of its network.