Altice Announces Launch of FTTH Service on Long Island

Altice USA today said that the first wave of symmetrical gigabit-speed fiber-to-the-home deployments have launched in select parts of Long Island.

According to an Altice press rep, the cable operator is delivering 940 Mbps upstream/940 Mbps downstream service, priced at $79.99 a month unbundled, to a select group of Long Islanders.

Altice didn't disclose what parts of its Long Island Optimum footprint the FTTH services are available in.

Related: Altice USA to Skip DOCSIS 3.1, Roll Out All-Fiber Network

Alice also said that it’s enhancing DOCSIS 3.0-powered HFC speeds in its Optimum footprint to 400 Mbps, with gigabit speeds scheduled to be available over HFC in 2019.

"Altice USA is focused on offering the best network and connectivity experience, and the activation of our full-fiber network with smart WiFi, the most advanced of its kind in the nation, demonstrates our commitment to creating converged customer experiences,” said Hakim Boubazine, Altice USA co-president and chief operating officer, in a statement. “Delivering our symmetrical Altice Gigabit fiber service is just the start as we continue to scale our fiber network to bring our customers up to 10 gigabit internet speeds to support the explosive growth of data usage while laying the groundwork for the future of the connected universe.”

Alice USA announced in November 2016 that it would eschew DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades across Optimum in favor of a five-year, FTTH deployment plan. 

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