Altice USA poised to ditch cable for fibre

30 Nov 2016

Altice USA, the holding company that comprises US cable operators Cablevision (Optimum) and Suddenlink, is poised to unveil a five-year, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployment plan known as ‘Generation Gigaspeed’, Multichannel News reports. The rollout is expected to commence in 2017 and will cover the entire Cablevision footprint, and most of the Suddenlink service area. The fibre-centric blueprint effectively brings Altice USA in line with its European sister companies SFR and PT Portugal. The former seeks to pass 22 million French homes with fibre by the end of 2022, while the latter targets 5.3 million Portuguese homes passed by the end of 2020.

Dexter Goei, CEO of Altice Group, told the news outlet: ‘[DOCSIS 3.1] felt to us as one step forward, but not a step forward enough relative to what we see as the future of continued connectivity and higher bandwidth use … We’re big believers in this trend continuing, and we really are moving toward a 10-Gig world. And to sit around and do this in multiple steps doesn’t make any sense [so we decided] to skip over DOCSIS 3.1 and get straight to the point … For us, it is a real game-changer.’