Unlike some entities providing gigabit services, TDS Telecom believes the TV component of its 1-Gig offering is an important distinction.
The company has now turned up fiber-to-the-home networks to deliver gigabit services in two New Hampshire towns, Hollis and New London. TDS Telecom 's gigabit customers are required to subscribe to the provider's TV service as part of their bundle, says Matt Apps, the company's manager of Internet product management and development.
Some gigabit providers are not as bullish about TV, instead viewing their fast pipes as over-the-top video conduits. (See Colorado Gigabit Network Shuns Video, Embraces OTT.)
"It's really tied to our IPTV platform," Apps says. "There's still a lot of content out there you're just not going to get over the top."
According to the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council , 55 entities spanning several categories are now offering gigabit services in the US (see chart below). In both of its gigabit markets, TDS Telecom's IPTV offering was there first, Apps said. But in future markets TDS Telecom plans to launch both at the same time because the company believes the pairing gives it both a customer and competitive edge.
"When you go to gig, you're at the end game for the immediate future. It's a pretty big barrier," he says. "The cable guys will respond, but they can't go there. They just don't have the capability to go to gig."
TDS Telecom charges $100 per month for its 1-Gig data service, on top of charges for phone and TV, which vary according to plan. The company plans to eventually offer 1-Gig in all of the markets where it provides TV service.
— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, Light Reading