TDS Telecom is expanding its gigabit fiber broadband service to more than 26,000 homes and businesses in Boise, Idaho, the company says. Consumers will be offered speeds up to 1 Gbps, TDS TV+ IPTV and voice options.
Business customers will have access to 10 Gbps services, dedicated fiber, and the company’s hosted VoIP business phone service, known as managedIP.
Boise is in the Treasure Valley area of the state. Last April, TDS said it planned to build a network serving almost 76,000 addresses in Meridian, Garden City and parts of Ada County, which also are in Treasure Valley. This announcement, coupled with the Boise plan, ultimately will connect more than 100,000 addresses, the company says.
The first subscribers have been connected in Meridian and more neighborhoods are expected to come on line during the coming months. The first Boise customers will receive service this summer.
Contractors are completing as much work in Boise as possible during the winter months. The ongoing work will include installation of FTTH connections and laying of underground fiber in neighborhoods and business parks.
“TDS Fiber offers the reliable experience and fast speeds that are so vital in today’s world,” TDS Vice President of Marketing and Product Development Julie Maiers said in a press release about the TDS Telecom gigabit launch in Boise. “Fiber delivers the bandwidth customers need to work at home, go to school, and stay in touch with family and friends remotely.”
TDS detailed its 2020 results in its fourth-quarter conference call last week. The carrier said that it had passed over 300,000 locations with fiber, which is about 36% of its 845,000 wireline locations. It passed about 67,000 additional locations with fiber last year and had invested about $130 million.
The plans for this year included a projected 150,000 additional locations. In the longer term, TDS plans to pass 620,000 locations with fiber by 2024.