Consolidated will now begin doing business in the markets it entered through its acquisition of Enventis, an independent telco formerly known HickoryTech, under the Consolidated Communications brand.
A 1 Gbps FTTH service may be enticing in terms of the nearly ubiquitous speed it provides, but it's hardly a fit for most consumers. Instead, a number of ILECs--including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS Telecom--are finding that their 1 Gbps buildouts are creating a broadband "halo effect."
Consolidated Communications is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps FTTH expansion effort, announcing that it launched the service for residents across its existing fiber network in the Houston area market.
Consolidated Communications may still be into its two-year integration of Enventis, but the service provider is not going to rule out other deals if they could provide complementary footprint or reach that would enhance its business and wholesale service capabilities.
Consolidated Communications is aware that Google Fiber is a formidable broadband service provider, including the markets where it also offers 1 Gbps broadband, but the century-old telco says that what differentiates them from their new competitor is customer service.
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As Consolidated Communications sees the majority of its revenue mix trend more toward commercial services, particularly Metro Ethernet, the service provider is keen on pursuing business customer opportunities that it can directly connect to its own fiber network.
Consolidated Communications says that while it's still very early days with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service rollout in Kansas City, the service is resonating with eligible users and it expects to see take rates continue to ramp throughout the rest of the year.
Google Fiber is taking advantage of its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) footprint in Provo, Utah, to extend services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the area, a move that will find it facing off with incumbent telco CenturyLink and cable operator Comcast.
An AT&T executive confirmed that even though the telco has reduced its capex budget for 2015, it can still meet its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout goals.