Midco, the US cableco that is co-owned by Midcontinent Media and cable giant Comcast, has revealed that its rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 technology is well underway, as it seeks to introduce 1Gbps download speeds for end-users later this year. In an interview with Fierce Cable, chief technical officer Jon Pederson noted that the operator is on course to launch the upgraded service in four or five markets by the end of 2016, ahead of a wider rollout.
The company website clarifies: ‘By the end of 2017, the entire Midco service area – from the region’s smallest towns to its largest cities – will enjoy Gigabit internet speeds … Midco is among the first providers in North America to deploy Cisco [DOCSIS 3.1] technology. Following successful lab trials, Midco started field trials of its Gigabit internet service in Fargo this spring … We’ll launch Gigabit internet in waves of communities. The Fargo and Sioux Falls areas are up first.’
Midco serves more than 300,000 cable customers across 335 communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Previously known as Midcontinent Communications, the cableco was renamed Midco in January 2016.