A year ago, Altice made a move on the US cable market, purchasing Cablevision and Suddenlink. Now, as the fourth largest cable operator in the country, the French group has announced just what they plan to do with those assets. They are plotting a big fiber rollout.
Altice says it will upgrade its infrastructure to FTTH, leapfrogging the DOCSIS 3.1 option other operators are using to boost speeds in an HFC environment. That will put them on a path to offer 10Gbps to customers. Altice suggests that the move is justified at least in part by the reduced energy consumption as well as the efficiency and robustness of the network.
At the moment, we have no idea what technology they plan to use or what markets they plan to upgrade first. But it shouldn't take too long to find out, as the five year program will kick off in 2017 and Altice says it will announced the first focus areas in a few months.
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