Altice USA to skip Docsis 3.1, upgrade instead to FTTP

Wednesday 30 November 2016 | 09:14 CET | News
Update: 30 November 2016 | 12:04 CET

Cable operator Altice USA has announced plans to convert its hybrid fibre coax network to FTTP, skipping the upgrade to Docsis 3.1. Altice, which acquired the cable operators Suddenlink and Cablevision in the US and is already rolling out FTTH in France and Portugal, said it plans to start rolling out fibre in the US next year. Initial markets will be announced in the coming months. 

The five-year deployment schedule, called 'Generation Gigaspeed' by Altice, is planned to bring FTTP to the entire Optimum (former Cablevision) footprint and to most of the Suddenlink footprint. The two networks together cover around 8.3 million homes. 

In addition to delivering a superior customer experience for the long term, the fibre architecture will result in a more efficient and robust network with a significant reduction in energy consumption, Altice said. The fibre plans should not have a major impact on the company's capex budget, as the spending will be offset by ongoing cost reductions elsewhere in the group, it said. 

Altice has already been upgrading the Suddenlink and Cablevision networks since it completed the acquisitions. The company is tripling internet speeds to up to 300 Mbps for residential customers and 350 Mbps for business customers in its Optimum footprint and has also expanded 1 Gbps broadband service to nearly half of Suddenlink’s service area. The new fibre network is expected to deliver speeds up to 10 Gbps. 

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