Pair Bonding Enables AT&T's U-verse To Reach More People

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Ever heard of AT&T U-verse? Unless your neighborhood is one of the few scattered about America with access to U-verse, there's a good chance that you haven't heard about it. Basically, it's a rival for cable carriers, DirecTV, DISH Network and Verizon's FiOS. It's a fiber-based system that provides Internet, TV and phone service just like any other telco, but AT&T has struggled in reaching plenty of homes while installing the technology. Once a node is built, the reach is rather short, so unless your home is really near a node, chances are you're out of range.

But now, that may be changing. AT&T has announced that it's "deploying a new, but long-promised, technology to reach more homes with its U-Verse service, which provides cable TV and higher Internet speeds." Basically U-verse just extended its reach, and that's a great thing for consumers in need of telco competition. The process that makes it happen is called "pair bonding," which essentially sends signal over a pair of power lines at once in order to extend reach. According to reports, this will enable each node to extend another 1000 or 2000 feet, which is obviously enough to rope in quite a few more subdivisions.

The company is being quiet as to exactly how many more homes now have access, but estimates are close to 30 million. Pair bonding from AT&T has been talked about since 2008, and we're hoping that now that the roll out has begun, they won't slow down until it's implemented in all of the 22 states that they serve. More competition, please!
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acarzt replied on Sat, Jul 17 2010 5:57 AM

We have u-verse around here... and they have pretty decent transfer speeds... but you have to pay like $300 for them to run the fibre and then you have to get their TV service along with the internet service to get those high speeds.... it's very expensive... and I already get great transfer speeds with my cable.

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astrojohn replied on Thu, Dec 30 2010 4:01 PM

Just installed Uverse with pair bonding - working pretty well out to 4800' - We somehow have significant interference on the buried lines from AM broadcast stations so our SNR can get very low (~1dB) but no significant issues other than some strange DVR issues.

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NSmith1 replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 5:13 PM

AT&T has been a nightmare !!!!! trying to get Uverse, GRRRR we are 300 ft from it sd they need to bond it but they havent as of yet

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