Midco Joins DOCSIS 3.1 Parade

Stepping further into the Gigabit Cities limelight, Midco is preparing to start field trials of DOCSIS 3.1 and gigabit service in its first market next month.

Formerly known as Midcontinent Communications (Midco) , Midco said it will start the trials of its new Midco Gig service in Fargo, N.D. sometime in March. It then plans to expand Gig service to a second market, Sioux Falls, S.D., by the end of the year.

Under its Gigabit Initiative, Midco intends to make 1-Gig service available to about 600,000 homes and 55,000 businesses across its four-state service area in the upper Midwest by the close of 2017. The MSO has about 330,000 cable subscribers in nearly 350 communities. (See More Cable Operators Go Gigabit.)

Midco has already deployed Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product to boost network capacity for the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec. Initially, Midco leveraged the cBR-8 platform to support DOCSIS 3.0 service, but its plans call for using the chassis for DOCSIS 3.1-based services as well. (See Midco Deploys Cisco's cBR-8 CCAP.)

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Midco thus joins a growing number of cable operators planning to introduce 1-Gig or even multi-gigabit service, with or without the help of DOCSIS 3.1. Suddenlink Communications , Cable One Inc. , Mediacom Communications Corp. , General Communication Inc. (GCI) (Nasdaq: GNCMA), Wave Broadband and Atlantic Broadband are some of the other midsized and smaller operators doing the same.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

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