US telecommunications group AT&T has passed the 100,000 customer milestone for its internet protocol television (IPTV) service, U-verse. The telco, America's largest, said it now planned to enhance its service with new interactive features, including local directories and games, as well as more high-definition television (HDTV) channels, as it steps up its competitive battle with cable providers.
U-verse was developed by SBC Communications, which last year merged with AT&T and took its name. U-verse's fibre network stretches into residential neighbourhoods, and competes head on with US cable operators such as Comcast and Time Warner.
"We've reached today's milestone less than a year after we began scaling this service into multiple markets," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. "Today, we offer U-verse across nine states, and we've added new features that you can't currently get with any other provider. We look forward to continuing our U-verse growth in the months and years ahead."
AT&T said it had added 97,000 new U-verse customers since the end of 2006.
Lovelace Consulting | 13.09.2007