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Gigabites: Altice Goes Gigabit in the USA

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.

  • Altice may have only just entered the US market via its acquisition of Suddenlink Communications , but the French operator is already committing to gigabit service deployments through 2016 and beyond.

    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.)

  • Want to learn more about Gigabit Cities? Join us for Light Reading's second annual Gigabit Cities Live event taking place this year on April 5 in Charlotte, NC.

  • Elsewhere in Texas, independent telco GVTC has made some pricing adjustments to its gigabit broadband tier. According to DSLReports, gigabit service is now available for $160 per month, and GVTC has upped its upstream speeds in several service tiers to offer 20, 50 and 100 Mbit/s symmetrical service options. GVTC is located just north of San Antonio where Google Fiber Inc. and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) are duking it out in the gigabit wars. The indie telco, however, is serving a more rural population with deployment plans in Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, Texas. (See Gigabites: Let's Make a Movie!)

  • LinkNYC got a lift this week with newly enabled tablets in the dozen or so "Link" kiosks now operating along 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. While the first handful of Links were activated back in January, the gigabit WiFi service is now officially live after a launch event this week headlined by Mayor Bill de Blasio. In addition to acting as gigabit hotspots, the Links now also offer information about city services and free VoIP calling through their embedded Android tablets. Eventually, New York City will host more than 7,000 Links across the five boroughs. (See Gigabites: The Big Apple Gets Gig WiFi and Qualcomm Spills LinkNYC's Guts.)

  • And finally, in case you missed it, CableLabs has started a new initiative called Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 that promises to increase the speeds capable over a cable HFC network to 10 Gbits/s in both the downstream and the upstream. That's a big boost over the initial D3.1 spec, which enables upstream speeds only as high as 2 Gbits/s. (See CableLabs Makes Symmetrical Multi-Gig Push .)

    — Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

  • KBode 2/25/2016 | 11:28:09 AM
    Altice... I'm specifically curious what Altice decides to do with Cabevision in New York. They've been in neutral for years refusing to compete on speed OR price. Wonder if Altice, with its reputation as being a little cheap, plans to do in that market...
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