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My neighborhood has ATT Fiber up to 1gig but neighborhood down the road has ATT Fiber up to 5gig. When will I be able to get 5gig?
My neighborhood has ATT Fiber up to 1gig but neighborhood down the road has ATT Fiber up to 5gig. When will I be able to get 5gig? Who should I contact about interest in 5gig internet speed? What is the process for a neighborhood to get the new 5gig internet since we already have fiber laid out?
8 months ago
When? If ATT adds different splitter in the local PFP or you choose to relocate to where those speeds are available.
For a large percentage of ATT current fiber footprint, the PFPs have GPON splitters, this is the max 1G fiber speed. The splitter has a 2.5G fiber line using a prism that splits into 32 individual connections (accounts per splitter) The ONTs used are either the older 240 (often installed outside at NID location with big power supply) or the much smaller 010 (white) wall mount. Both use an Ethernet cable to provide signal to the gateway (210, 589, 599, 5268).
The more recent XSGPON has a 10G fiber connection and 64 splitter connection from the prism. This requires a different ONT using either the 020 (black) wall mount with Ethernet cable to gateway or the 320 with RED SFP for internal ONT of the 320.
To move from a GPON max 1G service to XSGPON 2G or 5G internet requires a different splitter has been installed at the PFP AND a NEW INSTALL at your residential address. The fiber jumper from the new XSGPON splitter has to be connected, your existing ONT removed with gateway also removed. A new wall plate with fiber data cable to installed 320 and ONT activation.
If you currently have a 320 gateway with GREEN SFP, still would need a new installation to make the wiring change of splitter and swapping the SFP on back of gateway.
Earlier this year ATT announced 18 million residential addresses with 21 state footprint has fiber option availability, 40% of those (around 7 million) were XSGPON meaning 11 million currently only had 1G option.
Over the next several years those percentage will change, when will your specific PFP have the newer splitter? unknown, recommend checking online every 6 months over next 3+ years.
At the current expectation of adding 1 million fiber accounts per year, or roughly 3200 new accounts every day 6 days a week. Upgrading existing fiber accounts while having both shortages of equipment (320 gateway) and of trained techs, I would not expect upgrades will be a high priority compared to adding new accounts.
By 2026 when scheduled to have 30 million residential fiber addresses available, if 75% are XSGPON (22.5 million) will still have 25% (7.5 million) as best speed being 1G.
8 months ago
The first issue is that you need to have room in your existing PFP to add a Splitter to dedicate resources for XGS-PON for 2 and 5 Gbps service. It would appear that the PFP at the neighborhood down the road had space for an additional PFP or actually had a XGS-PON Splitter pre-installed.
Your neighborhod PFP may not be upgraded until the supply constraints are resolved. There are still shortages of BGW320's and the XGS-PON Optical transceivers as well as OLT equipment for the local Central Office (CO) to support XGS-PON.
AT&T is still installing new PFPs with only GPON Splitters since that's what is still available in inventory.
It may be several years or just 6 months or less but no one within AT&T will provide you with a schedule as they want to keep their jobs.
8 months ago
be happy with a gig most of us cant get over 25megs when its available you will get a door hanger
8 months ago
Thanks! That was very informative. I appreciate the comments!