Altice USA’s Optimum brand today announced that its new 8 Gbps symmetrical fiber internet service is now available to more than 1.7 million residents and businesses across the company’s fiber footprint.
According to the company, this is the nation’s largest deployment of 8 Gbps internet speeds, increasing the company’s leading position at that level. By the end of the year, the service will be available to nearly 3 million locations, and the company will continue to expand it.
The 8 Gbps speed is four times faster than Verizon, 60% faster than Frontier, and 32 times faster than T-Mobile 5G Home Internet, according to Altice.
The service offers 8 Gbps symmetrical upload and download speeds. The service is delivered into the home via XGS-PON and the Optimum Fiber Gateway.
Optimum launched 2 and 5 Gig internet service across its fiber footprint in the New York tri-state area last year.
“After launching 2 and 5 Gig symmetrical Fiber Internet speeds last year, Optimum is pleased to have invested even further in our network and infrastructure to bring next level 8 Gig symmetrical internet speeds to our fiber footprint,” Leroy Williams, Optimum chief growth officer, said in a prepared statement.
“Optimum is now the nation’s largest 8 Gig Fiber Internet provider, and availability will continue to increase as we deploy fiber to more homes and businesses as we solidify our position as the connectivity provider of choice across all the communities we serve.”
The Altice news comes just a few weeks after Windstream said it was on a path to be the nations 8 Gbps leader.