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All aboard the Buckeye Express: Buckeye bows 110 Mbps wideband tier

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 2:53pm
Mike Robuck

Buckeye CableSystem has launched a DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband tier with download speeds of up to 110 Mbps.

The wideband service, which features 5 Mbps on the upstream, was rolled out late last month in various communities that Buckeye serves in Ohio, as well as in parts of southeast Michigan. The service costs $179.99 a month for customers who subscribe to Buckeye’s video or phone services and $10 more for those who don’t.

“We will be adding more communities over the next several months,” said Buckeye CableSystem CTO Joe Jensen. “It’s probably one of the fastest, highest-speed cable modem services in the nation.”

Among the wideband offerings from cable operators in North America, Videotron’s 120 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up would appear to be the fastest, followed by Buckeye’s 110/5, Suddenlink’s 107/5, Comcast’s 105/10, Cablevision’s 101/15 and Charter’s 100/5 tier. Verizon offers a fiber-based tier with speeds of 150/35 in some areas. Buckeye competitor AT&T’s fastest tier is 24/3.

Jensen said Buckeye was bonding four channels on the downstream to hit 110 Mbps and is using Cisco and Arris for its cable modem termination systems (CMTS), as well as Arris’ cable modems.

As part of its upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0, Jensen said Buckeye also increased the speeds on most of its other Buckeye Express data tiers.

Last week, Buckeye announced it was using Arris’ Whole Home Solution Moxi video gateways.

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