Qwest Moves Quickly With FTTN
The two new services, titled Qwest Connect Quantum and Qwest Connect Titanium, will offer speeds of 20 Mbit/s and 12 Mbit/s, respectively, and will cost $99.99 and $46.99 per month. More speed could be on the way too. Qwest had indicated in October when it announced its FTTN initiative that through pair bonding it planned to eventually double the capacity of its new network.
The two new packages will be offered in 23 markets across 10 states. While 20 Mbit/s is faster than what cable MSO competition can typically offer, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) recently debuted its new Docsis 3.0 enabled wideband service in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. -- a Qwest market. (See Comcast Enters the Wideband Era .) Comcast will offer a 50 Mbit/s shared downstream service in that market for $149.95.
Qwest has not listed the markets in which its new service tiers are available, but when entering a Minneapolis zip code into its Website, both the Quantum and Titanium packages were listed for $104.99 and $51.99 respectively. When bundled with voice service, the price rises to $129.98 and $76.98.
Elsewhere, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has been rolling out its FTTN network for some time now and offers at least 25 Mbit/s of bandwidth to each home that it serves. AT&T however only allocates up to 10 Mbit/s for downstream Internet access with the rest being dedicated to its U-verse TV video service. (See AT&T Ups U-verse Downloads.)
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading