Shentel to bring FTTH to Wythe County, Va.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), an Edinburg, Va.-based independent telco and cable operator, will equip Rural Retreat in Wythe County, Va. with fiber to the home (FTTH) this fall.

As it has done in other parts of its service footprint, the telco is replacing existing copper plant with fiber. With the FTTH network in place, Shentel customers will be able to get broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

In addition to higher broadband speeds, it will offer a number of video services, including 250 TV channels, HDTV, and a HD Digital Video Recorder (DVR) service that lets customers record up to 100 hours or record a single show or every episode of a series.

Customers will also be able to get various standard calling features such as voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and speed dial, and the option of unlimited calling to anywhere in the United States and unlimited local calling.

While Shentel is a regional telco, it has been another service provider set on upgrading its existing copper networks to fiber. Last September, it invested $9 million to upgrade its HFC cable plant McDowell County, West Va.

Interestingly, as the telco has been upgrading parts of its network to FTTH, it has been increasing the sales of fiber services to other service providers. In Q4 2012, the telco reported $21.2 million in fiber lease revenue, a figure that consisted of $8 million in non-affiliate and $13.2 million in affiliate revenue.

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