TGIF. In this week's Gigabites edition, Altice makes good on Suddenlink's gigabit plans; Texas towns get cheaper gigabit service; LinkNYC officially launches gigabit WiFi in New York; and more.
Suddenlink started its GigaSpeed rollout in 2015, and Altice now says it will continue that work in 2016, spreading gigabit service to more than 250 communities -- or greater than 60% of the Suddenlink footprint -- by the end of the year. Altice also says it will deliver speeds of at least 400 Mbits/s to customers across 70% of that footprint in 2016, and that it will extend GigaSpeed deployments even further in 2017.
Unlike some of its cable brethren, Altice-owned Suddenlink is not using fiber-to-the-home to ramp up its Internet speeds, or even DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Instead, the company is maxing out the capacity of its DOCSIS 3.0 gear. Suddenlink launched gigabit service recently in the cities of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Greenville, Miss. and Parkersburg, W. Va. It's also deployed GigaSpeed in select cities in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. (See Gigabites: Gig Service Zips Through Texas.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading