In this week's edition of Gigabites, gigabit provider Ting looks to expand into new markets, Google takes to San Antonio and more.
The Triangle Business Journal reports that Ting is looking at expanding its gigabit offering to five or six new markets in 2016. Currently, the company has deployed gigabit service only in the cities of Charlottesville, Va. and Westminster, Md., but Ting also offers mobile service nationwide, giving it a broader customer base to leverage. Elliot Noss, the CEO of Ting's parent company Tucows , was a bit coy about where the gigabit service would land next, but he did hint that North Carolina is attractive because of a "higher level of awareness" around fiber-based broadband. For NC cities that don't already have AT&T and Google at the door, Ting would be a welcome guest.
FiberTower Corp. is making the wireless connection possible, using rooftop-mounted dishes to direct wireless signals. A demo of the service reportedly suffered some hiccups, but FiberTower assured observers that the gigabit connection is 99.999% reliable.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading