Shentel replaces rural cable networks with FTTP; eyes deals in adjacent markets

7 Sep 2016

Regional US operator Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) has deployed a new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in Virginia, replacing obsolete cable infrastructure, and passing some 15,000 homes. Ed McKay, Shentel’s senior vice president of engineering and planning, told Fierce Telecom: ‘Those are mainly in rural areas, targeting areas with cable systems we purchased that weren’t worth upgrading, so we scrapped the coax and built fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) … Some of these cable systems were very rural and had cable attached to trees and we went and cleaned them up. The head-end locations looked like outhouses … so we had some challenges.’ Going forward, the telco is mulling the acquisition of further rural broadband businesses, following its January 2016 purchase of Virginia’s Colane Cable TV. McKay told Fierce Telecom: ‘We’re very interested in additional cable assets, particularly if they are adjacent to our current markets.’

United States, Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel)