Suddenlink pushes D3 envelope
Suddenlink Communications doubled up on its DOCSIS 3.0 deployments by pushing the wideband technology to approximately 23 percent of its basic video subscribers by the end of last year.
Suddenlink plans to have DOCSIS 3.0 in front of 90 percent of its basic video subscribers by 2012, according to company spokesman Pete Abel. With its June deployments, Suddenlink had DOCSIS 3.0 in front of 12 percent of its subscribers.
After initially rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 in Georgetown, Lubbock and Midland, Texas, Suddenlink added deployments in the latter half of 2009 in the Texas communities of Abilene, San Angelo, Bryan/College Station and Terrell, as well as in Charleston, Beckley and Parkersburg, W.Va., and Nixa Missouri and Humboldt County, Calif.
Multichannel News first reported the additional DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts yesterday.
Abel wrote in an e-mail that Suddenlink has deployed a 20 Mbps service in the above markets and is actively planning on offering “even faster services in some of these and other areas we have targeted for DOCSIS 3.0 deployments.”
“We expect to make significant additional progress this year toward the goal of deploying DOCSIS 3.0 to 90 percent of basic subs by 2012,” Abel said.
In addition to DOCSIS 3.0 deployments, Suddenlink is also working on making HD video available to 97 percent of its basic video subscribers by 2012, which is an increase over the current mark of 86 percent, and on increasing its VOD penetration from the current 48 percent to 90 percent by the same timeframe, as well as increasing its phone penetration from 84 percent to 90 percent.
The infrastructure and service upgrades are being largely fueled by Suddenlink’s $600 million debt offering by its parent company, Cequel Communications, that was announced in November. Suddenlink has a $350 million capital investment plan through 2012, with approximately $230 million targeted for equipment and infrastructure upgrades and approximately $120 million that will primarily be used for customer premises equipment.
Suddenlink, the nation’s 11th-largest MSO, serves approximately 1.3 million residential customers and thousands of commercial customers, primarily in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.