Suddenlink debuted the tier, which offers bursts of 107 Mbit/s in the downstream and 5 Mbit/s in the upstream, in March in three Austin suburbs -- Georgetown, Pflugerville, and Leander -- and, in doing so, dethroned Mediacom Communications Corp. as US cable's D3 downstream speed king. Suddenlink also markets a 50-Mbit/s (downstream) D3 tier. (See Suddenlink Unleashes 107-Meg Wideband Tier.)
The wideband upgrade is tied to "Project Imagine," a bandwidth management and advanced services initiative underway that will see Suddenlink spend about $350 million in capex through 2012 "above and beyond" its regular spending levels. In addition to D3 upgrades, that money will also be spent to launch video-on-demand (VoD) services and to free up capacity for up to 200 high-definition television channels.
On Tuesday's first-quarter earnings call, the company noted that the first phase of Project Imagine was "substantially completed" in April, with Docsis 3.0 available to about two thirds of its customer base, and VoD to about 60 percent. HD service is already available in about 90 percent of its footprint. (See Suddenlink Posts Q1.)
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.