WideOpenWest set to roll out DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig services in most of footprint


WideOpenWest said it will have DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig services available in 95% of its footprint by February.

WOW started rolling out 1-gig services a year ago, integrating DOCSIS 3.1 on Arris E6000 converged cable access platform hardware. The Englewood, Colorado, provider first deployed DOCSIS 3.1 services a year ago in four markets: Huntsville and Auburn, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Evansville, Indiana.

At the time, WOW CEO Steven Cochran downplayed Wow’s rush into the 1-gig space, declaring the company’s priority to lay in “edging out” its networks in select designated marketing areas. 

“WOW’s previous network investments have enabled us to provide 1-gig services through existing coax plants with minimal capital expenditure. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to future-proof our entire network to power the data-hungry devices and connected gadgets our customers love,” Cochran said in a statement sent out today. 

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WOW currently prices residential 1-gig service at $79.99 a month with a two-year contract, and $89.99 a month without contract. The service has no data caps. 

WOW raised $309 million in an initial public offering in  2016, which brought the company out of debt and enabled it to make network infrastructure upgrades. 

WOW is set to report third-quarter earnings on Monday at 5:00 p.m. EST.