Altice USA Expands 1-Gig Reach

Altice USA said it has spooled up a 1 Gbps (downstream) broadband tier in its Kinston, N.C., market, which includes the city itself, as well as Lenoir and Wayne Counties, and Lagrange and Walnut Creek.

In addition to launching the 1 Gigabit Internet service over its DOCSIS network, Suddenlink is also boosting the speeds of some existing broadband tiers, with its 75 Mbps and 100 Mbps offerings moving up to 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps, respectively.

The standard Suddenlink residential internet download speeds in Kinston are now up to 50, 100, 200, and 400 Mbps, along with the up to 1 Gig service, said Altice USA, which closed its acquisition of Suddenlink in late 2015.

Those upgrades follow some other similar, recent ones in several other Suddenlink systems serving Bastrop, La.; Fort Ord, Calif.: as well as Bullhead City, Ariz.; Nacogdoches and Collin and Denton counties in Texas, Branson, Mo.; and Truckee, Calif.

While Suddenlink systems have been targeting 1-Gig speeds with DOCSIS technology, Altice USA is pursuing an ambitious FTTP upgrade strategy in the Optimum (former Cablevision Systems) footprint.

Update: Altice USA also plans to deploy FTTP to most of its Suddenlink footprint during its five-year deployment timeframe. .

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