Mediacom kicks off 1 Gpbs services in Minnesota


Mediacom has announced that its DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gigabit broadband service has rolled out across the cable company’s service area in Minnesota, and is now available to customers in more than 80 cities and small towns. 

In December, Mediacom announced that it would have its entire network upgraded to DOCSIS 3.1 by the end of 2016, based on Cisco’s cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) and Casa’s C100G CCAP products. It is now in the process of swapping in DOCSIS 3.1-capable CPE within the markets of its 22-state footprint, branding the associated services as “Gigasphere.”

To date, Mediacom said it has launched 1 Gbps internet services in over 500 communities.

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In January, Mediacom revealed Gigasphere pricing—the MSO is charging $139.99 a month for 1 Gbps downstream service (50 Mbps upstream). There’s also a lower-priced 500 Mbps option. Mediacom also announced deployment of Gigasphere into the homes of around 1 million Iowa customers. And now, with Comcast, AT&T and Google Fiber also entrenched with 1-gig services in the northern Alabama region, the MSO is bringing Gigasphere to Huntsville, as well. 

The MSO is capping usage at 6 terabytes before overage charges are incurred. 

“In addition to enhancing speeds for residential and small business customers today, the Gigasphere platform we have deployed also lays the groundwork for offering multi-Gig services in the future,” said Mediacom CTO JR Walden in a statement.  “This next-generation technology is an excellent complement to the Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions that Mediacom Business has been offering local businesses in our markets for many years.”