After an upgrade to its transport network, Atlantic Broadband turns on 10-Gig fiber service for some businesses

Atlantic Broadband announced on Thursday that it's offering 10-Gigabit, fiber-based speeds to business customers in parts of its footprint.

Atlantic Broadband, which is owned by Cogeco and is the eighth-largest cable operator in the U.S., is offering the 10-Gig service in Western Pennsylvania, Rochester, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Atlantic Broadband plans to roll out the service in the company’s Belmont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Florida service areas.

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Prior to the launch, Atlantic Broadband did a major upgrade to its transport network to enable the symmetrical 10-Gig speed without the need for additional engineering requirements for businesses that want better bandwidth performance.

Atlantic Broadband is using Cisco and Fujitsu gear in New Hampshire and Maine, and Cisco and Ciena in Western Pennsylvania. Atlantic Broadband is utilizing active Ethernet for the 10-G service, which is a point-to-point technology that connects an optical line terminal (OLT) to optical network terminals (ONTs) at customer locations.

“The investment by Atlantic Broadband in our core network means these markets are now 10-Gig ready, so businesses looking for the enterprise-class speed, reliability and scale of dedicated internet access (DIA) or point-to-point solutions can be installed quickly without the need for additional network configuration work,” said Atlantic Broadband's Heather McCallion, vice president of products and programming for Atlantic Broadband. “With advanced, forward-looking 10-Gig technology, we will meet the demanding data needs of today’s businesses, while having the capacity to meet future needs as businesses grow.”     

In addition to providing improved access to cloud-based business applications and services, such as Office 365 and Salesforce, the faster speeds enhance 8K and 4K video streaming services, the transport of high-resolution diagnostic imaging, video conferencing and rapid data backups.