In order to expand its slate of high-definition (HD) channels and add other new services, Suddenlink announced that it has completed a 957-mile fiber ring in West Texas.

Work on the new fiber ring started late last year and took six months to finish. Suddenlink said it believes the fiber ring construction project was the largest in all of North America last year.

The ring connects Suddenlink cable systems in the Texas markets of Abilene, Amarillo, Andrews, Big Spring, Floydada, Lubbock, Midland, Plainview, Post, San Angelo, Snyder, Sweetwater and Tulia, as well as Clovis, N.M.

“This major investment opens the doors to new and better services for our customers and gives us the ability to introduce those services faster,” said Dave Gilles, Suddenlink’s west region VP of operations. 

Gilles said other benefits of the project include improved service quality, enhanced network redundancy to improve reliability, and additional capacity for cable TV, telephone, high-speed Internet and high-bandwidth data services.

As a result of the fiber-ring project, Suddenlink has already added several new HD channels – including TBS HD, MHD and History Channel HD – to lineups in the Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland and San Angelo cable systems.

St. Louis, Mo-based Suddenlink is the nation’s seventh-largest cable operators with approximately 1.3 million subscribers.

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