TGIF. In today's Gigabites edition, proof emerges that gigabit service is good for your broadband bill, Tarana Wireless wins praise for its gigabit technology, Twin Lakes launches a new gigabit service in Tenn. and more.
In the top 100 US markets, the FTTH Council reports that the price for broadband speed tiers of 100 Mbit/s or more drops by about 25% when there's also a gigabit service on offer. That percentage equates to about $27 per month, and it goes even higher when more than one gigabit service is available. According to the Council, when there are two gigabit providers in a region, the average price of secondary speed tiers drops in the range of 34% to 37%, or $57 to $62 per month.
The difference in fees gets smaller with lower-speed broadband packages, but even those lower service tiers see an advantage. At speeds of at least 25 Mbit/s, the impact of gigabit competition pushes prices down between $13 and $18 per month.
Light Reading also wrapped up a series this week on how cable companies are upgrading their networks to meet growing bandwidth demand. The fourth installment examines the early decisions the cable industry is facing as it transitions legacy infrastructure to new virtualized networking systems. (See Cable's Upgrade Moment – Part IV.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading