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Windstream is joining the ranks of 2 Gbps service providers. The speed upgrades will start in “select residential markets” and move to other homes and businesses over time. In an email to Telecompetitor, a Windstream spokesperson said the company is using XGS-PON to support the multi-gigabit service.

While details are sparse, the announcement that Windstream is making the move is another piece of evidence that the trend is becoming a norm among companies using fiber-to-the-premises infrastructure.

“While many of our competitors are overlooking these markets, we’re optimizing them,” Mark Lederman, vice president of product for Kinetic, said in a press release. “As more homes have more devices connected to the internet, from gaming systems to streaming movies to refrigerators, families need faster speed to accommodate the demand.”

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Other providers have made 2 Gbps announcements during the past few months. Some highlights:

  • In February, Frontier said that it is offering 2 Gbps symmetrical service wherever it has fiber broadband. It says that it is the only service provider that can make this claim. The offer — which includes activation, premium tech support, multi-device security, Wi-Fi 6e, Amazon Fire TV, a webcam and a voice line – costs $149.99 per month.
  • Earlier in the month, Verizon launched 2 Gbps service in New York City. The service provider said that it is using NG-PON2 technology. Verizon is offering Whole Home Wi-Fi, a router rental and 2 terabytes of cloud storage and, if needed a Wi-Fi Extender Mini. The monthly charge is $119.99.
  • In January, AT&T said that it planned to offer multi Gigabit service across its entire 30 million locations by the end of 2025. As of the announcement, services between 2 Gbps and 5 Gbps were available to 5.2 million residences and small businesses in more than 70 metro markets. The 2 Gbps residential service, AT&T Fiber 2 GIG, costs $110 per month plus tax. AT&T Business Fiber 2 GIG costs $225 per month plus tax.
  • Smaller providers also are moving up in speed. Last September, Jade Communications said it was the first company in Colorado to offer multi-gigabit service. The company, which is using fixed wireless technology, is providing the service to Manassa, which is in the southern part of the state.
  • Last August, TDS Telecom announced 2 Gbps tiers in Spokane, WA and Meridian ID. It also said that all subsequent new markets would have access to that speed.

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