Altice says it will reach 1M new homes with fiber by end of 2018

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Design and construction of “several hundred thousand” new homes with Altice FTTH services has already begun.

Altice USA announced today that it’s on pace to deploy fiber to 1 million newly constructed homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut by the end of 2018.

Design and construction of “several hundred thousand” new homes with Altice FTTH services has already begun, the company added. 

“We are incredibly pleased with the progress we are making on our fiber investment and look forward to lighting up this new, advanced network to enable innovative products and services to support our customers’ connectivity needs well into the future,” said Dexter Goei, chief executive officer for Altice’s North American operation, in a statement. Goei appeared Friday at one of the Long Island construction sites, along with Altice NV founder Patrick Drahi.

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Altice has pledged to deploy FTTH gigabit-speed services across its Optimum footprint—as well as into some Suddenlink homes and businesses—by 2021, eschewing the standard DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade protocol. 

Altice, however, continues to use DOCSIS technologies to expand gigabit-speed services in its acquired Suddenlink terrain. Altice said it has now deployed such services in 60% of that footprint, including areas of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

In Optimum’s Northeast footprint, meanwhile, Altice is now offering broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps for residential customers and 450 Mbps for business subscribers.