Altice USA continued its quest to deliver DOCSIS 3.0-powered 1-gig services to the majority of its acquired Suddenlink Communications footprint, announcing the rollout of “GigaSpeed”-branded service in Kinston, North Carolina.
“Today’s announcement is the next step in our Operation GigaSpeed initiative,” said Altice USA co-President and Chief Operating Officer Hakim Boubazine, in a statement. “In sharp contrast to other large providers, which are offering a gigabit service primarily to a few neighborhoods in large urban markets, we’re pleased to be making our Suddenlink gigabit service available in all of the neighborhoods and to all of the households and businesses we serve throughout Kinston.”
In addition to the availability of 1-gig service, local subscribers will see their 75 Mbps and 100 Mbps services bumped to 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps, respectively.
A year ago, Altice announced plans to bring 1 Gbps service to 250 communities in the Suddenlink territories, furthering the work that Suddenlink began prior to its acquisition by the European cable operator. This would allow it to reach over 60% of its internet subscribers with gigabit services.
Throughout 2017, Altice said it will continue rolling out 1 Gbps service, rounding out the nearly quarter-billion dollar investment it has made in the GigaSpeed program.
Complementing the 1 Gbps expansion effort, Altice said it plans to enable 70% of its existing internet customers to access speeds of 400 Mbps or higher.
Altice USA co-President and CFO Charles Stewart said in a press release issued last year that it is "investing more than $4 billion per year in our networks around the world."