Quantum Fiber, a brand of Lumen Technologies, is expanding to 20 communities in 12 states, the company has announced.
Quantum Fiber offers symmetrical gigabit speeds, all digital ordering and subscription based billing and includes no contracts, bundles or data caps. Quantum offers promotional pricing of $65 for a gigabit package.
The states that include expansion markets are in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
- Arizona: Communities in and around Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tucson. Investments from Quantum and the Arizona Broadband Development Grant Program will bring fiber to Gila Bend.
- Colorado: 25,000 route miles of fiber will be added. It will bring service to Aurora, Colorado Springs and Denver.
- Florida: Markets in central Florida as well as Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Ocala will be added.
- Idaho: Communities in and around Ada County will be added.
- Iowa: More than 9,000 route miles will be added to bring service to and around Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and West Des Moines.
- Minnesota: Communities in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul will be added.
- Utah: Communities in and around Ogden, Salt Lake City and St. George will be added.
- Washington: The addition of more than 19,000 fiber route miles will bring service to Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.
“We know customers need high-speed symmetrical and reliable broadband service, Maxine Moreau, Lumen’s president of mass markets, said in a press release. “Powered by technology upgrades in the communities we serve, Quantum Fiber provides the consistent, fast connectivity needed for remote learning, remote work applications, telehealth, entertainment and connecting with the important people in our lives.”
Lumen sought to up the speed game by announcing earlier this month that it would offer symmetrical 8 Gbps service to cities near Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle. The service is available in the new markets now and more announcements are expected.
This fiber expansion plan for Lumen, formerly CenturyLink, is occurring just as the carrier is in the process of selling ILEC operations in 20 states in the Midwest and Southeast to Apollo Funds. Lumen retained large enterprise and in those states and its ILEC business in 16 states.
The finalization of the acquisition by Apollo is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Those systems, now under the Brightspeed brand, have made many announcements of its plans during the past months.