Gigabites returns from hiatus with new multi-gigabit deployments and potential trouble on Charter's high-speed horizon. Plus, more competition in North Carolina as Ting and CenturyLink lay down gigabit claims.
Not surprisingly, Dr. Busch plans to use the high-speed broadband for reading and sharing diagnostic images (a bandwidth-heavy activity) with other radiologists. The new multi-gig service is costing him $299 per month.
Home Telecom in South Carolina has also decided to jump on the 10-Gig bandwagon. The company says it's working with broadband vendor Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to the Nexton community outside of Charleston, which includes more than 10,000 households. The next-generation PON (NG-PON) technology that Home Telecom will use for the deployment is designed to operate alongside existing GPON solutions, making it a useful choice for diverse networking environments.
Charter Communications Inc. is one of the few major US cable operators without a gigabit broadband plan in place, but the company has now agreed (in a non-binding commitment) to provide gigabit service to one apartment building in Louisville, KY as part of the terms of a deal to take over Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s franchise agreement with the city.
Louisville isn't the first to demand gigabit concessions from Charter. The New York Public Service Commission has also suggested that Charter should build out gigabit networks in the upstate New York region as a condition of approval of its acquisition of TWC. However, Charter is pushing back in the case of New York, saying it will offer speeds up to 300 Mbit/s in the region within the next three and a half years. The company may have further battles to fight before the TWC acquisition attempt is over. (See On Paper, Support Runs High for Charter/TWC.)
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Following Ting's announcement, a consumer on the user forums at DSLReports also noted that CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is now emailing customers in the region saying it will offer speeds up to 1 Gbit/s in the area as well. However, the consumer was later told that the service isn't ready at his address yet, so it may be some time before CenturyLink is prepared to make good on its North Carolina gigabit promise.
Re: Worth a follow-up As the "world's first residential customer with a 10-Gig connection" I wonder what at $300 a month ( hardly a dent in a radiologists business expense) the actual time savings might be in sending those x-ray images at 10-gig compared to more customary lesser gig connection. It would be interesting to see a ROI study on that.
Re: Worth a follow-up If he's using it for radiological images, it's certainly worth the investment. When one of my kids had to have X-rays dones repeatedly last year, I sometimes had to carry over the disc with the image for the doctor to review. In one case, we were even given the X-ray film. All that was because for all the talk of EHR and sharing health information, the systems didn't communicate effectively with each other.
10G for $299 -- Set up a wifi stand 10G for $300...if I had that I'd sell 1G to nine of my neighbors for $30 a month (or even $35 if I were being a capitalist) via Wifi. I'm sure they'd find some way to stop me though!