Mediacom has now rolled out DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gigabyte services to 85% of its 22-state footprint, with customers in Michigan, Delaware and Maryland the latest to see the deployment of the cable operators "Gigasphere" platform.
The deployments add 27 communities to Mediacom’s 1-gig rollout plan, which calls for the New York cable company’s entire 22-state footprint to have DOCSIS 3.1 availability by the end of this year.
With the latest rollout, Mediacom said it has deployed its Gigasphere platform into 1,250 communities across the U.S. Mediacom's footprint includes more than 3 million homes and businesses.
In addition to the latest rollout, Mediacom is also introducing a 500 Mbps broadband service tier.
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.”
In January, Mediacom revealed Gigasphere pricing—the MSO is charging $139.99 a month for 1 Gbps downstream service (50 Mbps upstream).
“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’s CTO JR Walden, in a statement. “This next-generation technology is an excellent complement to the gigabit and fiber solutions that Mediacom Business has been offering local businesses in our markets for many years.”