Time for your weekly Gigabites roundup. In this edition, Adtran marks a gigabit milestone with 200 network deployments tallied, EPB closes in on 75,000 gigabit subscribers, Cox goes live with gigabit service in San Diego and more.
Mixed in among the big gigabit launches from players like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Google Fiber Inc. are quite a large number of smaller deployments in areas around the country. Infrastructure vendor Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) this week announced that it is now powering gigabit service for more than 200 communities. The milestone falls under the company's "Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives" program and includes service rollouts ranging from Jackson, Tenn., to a large dairy farm in Indiana.
In one of the latest deployments announced, Adtran has partnered with TDS Telecom to deliver TDS Fiberville gigabit service to select regions of New Hampshire. TDS also serves gigabit communities in Indiana and Wisconsin.
EPB Fiber Optics is also celebrating a milestone this week. The utility broadband provider out of Chattanooga said it is approaching 75,000 customers for its gigabit and 100 Mbits/s Internet services*, making it the number-one provider in its service region. EPB is hoping to expand beyond its existing customer footprint now that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken down barriers to certain municipal broadband deployments. However, the state of Tennessee is still fighting the FCC's ruling in court, forcing EPB to hold off on extending its reach further. (See FCC Clears Way for Muni Network Expansion.)
The Cox Communications Inc. Gigablast service is now up and running in parts of San Diego. While the footprint is limited to one large apartment building and some single-family home communities in the area, Cox plans to offer gigabit service everywhere by the end of next year. Beyond San Diego, the company has introduced gigabit service in parts of Irvine, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.; and Omaha, Neb. (See Cablecos Going Gaga Over Gigabit.)
C Spire is picking up some gigabit momentum. The telco announced this week that it's adding one more fiberhood in Madison, Miss., to its list of targeted gigabit deployments. There are now three communities in the area on the company's roadmap, and C Spire plans to start construction later this month. Customers will pay $80/month for gigabit service, or $70/month when bundled with a C Spire wireless plan.
Home Telecom in South Carolina is also expanding its reach. The telco started offering its Velocity Gigabit service in 2013 and plans to serve more than 50 neighborhoods by the end of 2016. Home Telecom currently has nearly 60,000 miles of fiber deployed and passes roughly 15,000 homes and more than 9,000 commercial businesses.
Note: An earlier version of this story reported that EPB is approaching 75,000 gigabit customers. The total number is actually spread between customers with the gigabit tier, and those receiving speeds of 100 Mbits/s.
Re: Cox gigabit For the average residential cable internet service subscriber I suspect that a 100 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up service along with a nice 1 TB of data transfer usage allowance would do nicely for today. But for those who run home based businesses or small businesses those limits might not work out too well in the near future.
I know of some small businesses that could easily utilize a 1,000 Mbps down/ 100 Mbps up connectiion with a good 10 TB of data transfer allowed. CAD file transfers, CAM program transfers, and video conferences with clients. There is where you could use a large pipe and a generous usage allowance. One business I know of is planning to quit DSL and go to cable next month to get ten times the data transfer rate for the same price. He will not have "unlimited" data transfer anymore, but he needs faster file transfers to keep clients satisfied. He will have to see if 250 GB is enough of a data transfer allowance. If it is not enough he can go up a couple of tiers and get 1,000 GB for double the cost.
Re: Cox gigabit "Do you need a gig? is the WRONG question. Do you need ESPN? Do you need Fox? Do you need HBO? Do you need a Big Mac? Do you need a craft beer? If you are willing and able to buy at a reasonable price, and vendors in some places are willing to sell to you at that price, but in other places, with other state laws and municipal regulations, they are not willing to do so, then you have a problem.
The question is always are you willing and able to buy and anyone who talks about "need," especially if someone else is talking about what YOU need, you should be highly suspicious.
Re: Cox gigabit Do people really need gigabit service? While I do think it's great to have this in urban areas where companies need to have a lot of bandwidth, I'm not sure I would need it. This is especially true if the service costs a lot of money.
I keep harping that perhaps in the future with virtual reality I will need a lot more speed and gigabit is probably the answer then. But until that happens, I don't see the point in paying more than I already do.