Gigabit grab-bag: series of US telcos unveil 1Gbps plans

23 Sep 2014

AT&T has launched a new corporate-focused 1Gbps service, branded ‘AT&T Business Fiber’, which it aims to deploy to multi-tenant office buildings nationwide. At launch the service has been made available to more than 16,000 businesses located in AT&T ‘Fiber Ready Buildings’ in cities such as Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sacramento, California; and Orlando, Florida. Additional markets are expected to launch later in the year.

Elsewhere, Minnesota-based rural telco Paul Bunyan Communications has unveiled a 1Gbps fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service, branded ‘GigaZone’. Leveraging Calix’s GPON equipment, the service is now available in Bemidji. Meanwhile, the telco plans to leverage its existing regional fibre network to extend the GigaZone services to its entire 5,000-square-mile service area. This network currently serves much of Beltrami County and portions of Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching and St Louis County. A 1Gbps package retails for USD100 per month.

Cable giant Cox Communications intends to launch a 1 Gbps network in Phoenix, Arizona in the fourth quarter of this year. According to Multichannel News, Cox will leverage a mix of GPON-based FTTP technology plus DOCSIS 3.1-enabled equipment when it becomes available. In addition to Phoenix, Cox plans to deploy a fibre-based 1Gbps service in Las Vegas and Omaha, before delivering advanced connectivity to all of its markets by 2016.

Finally, Massachusetts-based Atlantic Broadband – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable of Canada – has switched on a 1Gbps service in one small area of Miami Beach. The cableco currently operates in four clusters, namely: Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware and Aiken (South Carolina). However, according to online journal DSL Reports, ‘the only Atlantic customers who can currently get the 1Gbps speeds reside in Indian Creek Village, a wealthy island resort community comprised of a golf course and 40 beachfront properties’.