AT&T unleashes 5-gig internet for 5.2 million fiber customers in 70 markets

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What you need to know

  • AT&T's fiber network is being upgraded with 2Gbps and 5Gbps speeds starting with 5.2 million customer locations in 70 metro areas.
  • AT&T plans to keep expanding multi-gig fiber to 30 million locations by the end of 2025.
  • AT&T Fiber 2 GIG starts at $110 per month plus taxes. Equipment fees are included and there are no data caps.

AT&T has unveiled (opens in new tab) a multi-gig fiber upgrade for millions of its customers in 70 metro areas starting January 24, 2022. At launch, what AT&T is calling Hyper-Gig speeds are available to 5.2 million customer locations with AT&T aiming to take that up to 30 million by the end of 2025. AT&T has two new plans with the 2 GIG plan coming in at $110 per month and the 5 GIG plan costing $180 per month.

Both of AT&T's new multi-gig plans and the older 1 GIG plan come with HBO Max included in the price as well as AT&T's Active Armor Internet security package. These plans also have no data caps so you can use the full speed of your connection as much as you want without worrying about the overages that are common with cable internet.

Source: AT&T AT&T multi-gig fiber markets as of January 24, 2022 (Image credit: Source: AT&T)

There are several reasons to choose a fiber connection over cable or 5G but one of the biggest is symmetrical upload and download speeds. Most internet providers will offer very high download speeds but leave customers with inadequate upload speeds which can make uploading files to the internet take much longer than downloading that same file. AT&T's fiber however has the same upload speeds as download so no matter if your sending or receiving, you get the full speed of your connection. It also enables video streaming quality to remain high even with multiple concurrent connections

Having a low upload speed can have a big negative impact on your internet experience. Great upload speeds are great for those working from home as well as gamers and especially streamers. If you like to stream to Twitch or Youtube and have found your chat complaining about buffering or low quality, your connection may not be up to the job. Fiber connections also tend to have lower latency than cable and 5G which can give gamers a competitive edge. AT&T also includes a WI-Fi 6 gateway for free with these plans though if your select the 5 GIG options, you may want the extra speed of one of the best Wi-Fi 6E routers.

Business customers can also sign up with the AT&T Business Fiber 2 GIG coming in at $225 per month and the 5 GIG options costing $395 per month. This can be essential for businesses that are adapting to employees that are working from home and customers that expect a speedy and reliable connection to the business in question.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.

  • Embedded PDF says Orlando is included, but Orlando is a big area and AT&T's website says that my part of Orlando isn't included...ugh... :/
  • Curious when Verizon FiOS is going to update their plans which are currently capped at gigabit. Honestly, I don't need more speed and I know they don't compete in the same markets. But Verizon FiOS is starting to look fairly dated in comparison and I'd welcome new plans and faster lower their plans.
    I'm currently on the 400mbps plan, I had 1 gigabit for awhile, but really didn't see a big enough benefit to keep paying $25 more a month.
  • I wish this was in my area. I'd love to not have a data cap and a gig net. Cox cable has no competition where I live and have a cap that I refuse to pay 50 more a month to get rid of.
  • The modem isn't free it's 10 dollars as month rental fee.
  • With this announcement AT&T also announced what it's calling straightforward pricing. In the press release AT&T wrote.
    Also starting today, we’re rolling out straightforward pricing across our consumer AT&T Fiber portfolio. For new customers, this means no equipment fees, no annual contract, no data caps and no price increase at 12 months — just the fastest internet, plus AT&T ActiveArmor SM internet security, next-gen Wi-Fi, and HBO Max included on our fastest speed plans – at no additional cost.
  • Also make sure that your router/equipment supports these speeds before upgrading your service. I've got a Ubiquiti system at my house (maybe two years old) and it's capped at 1.5Gb/s, so the higher speeds wouldn't benefit me without a cash outlay for a hardware upgrade.