The 4th largest ISP in the USA plans on making its presence felt from 2017.
Although Altice USA brand presence in the country is meagre, it is the fourth largest ISP in the States and its footprint it set for a major upgrade over the next 5 years.
As per its roadmap, Altice plans on bringing 10 Gbps fiber optic connections to more than 8.3 million homes in 2017.
With its backbone made of former Suddenlink and Cablevision networks, Altice plans on accelerating the rollout by altogether skipping the DOCSIS 3.1 system that big providers typically rely on when providing gigabit connections.
Instead of creating yet another hybrid fibre and cable network, Altice will be adopting straight a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) system. Even Alphabet’s Google Fiber failed to follow through on this and had to pause of its rollout earlier this year.
With Google deciding to explore the emerging wireless 5G standard for getting high-speed internet connections to customers’, Dexter Goei, Altice’s CEO believes that those will never match the speed of a full fibre network.
Earlier this year, even Verizon has given up its plan to deploy FiOS fiber-to-the-home services beyond the East Coast.
It is to be seen how Altice will manage when those two internet giants stumbled. One thing that is in Altice’s favour is that it can piggyback on its existing network and doesn’t need to create a new one from scratch.