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CenturyLink Might Consider Other 1 Gbps Locations
by Karl Bode 04:24PM Monday Sep 16 2013
Back in May CenturyLink announced that the company would be bringing 1 Gbps service to a select number of customers in Omaha. While nobody is connected at these speeds yet, CenturyLink recently started advertising the 1 Gbps service, which will piggyback on older HFC gear used by Qwest for TV services. When select Omaha users can finally get the 1 Gbps service, it will run them $150 standalone, or $80 when bundled with existing television and phone services.


Speaking last week at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Stewart Ewing, CFO of CenturyLink reiterated that this Omaha offering would be largely a test platform, but might lead to other one gig deployments.

"I think we'll use that as a test bed to see again how well we can compete and penetration rates in that market versus other markets where we don't have Fiber to the Home," Ewing told attendees. "If it makes sense to roll out fiber to other areas we'll potentially look at other areas, but that's out in the future as opposed to right now where we want to look at Omaha to see what kind of results we get there."

Again, Omaha was unique because a good amount of infrastructure was already in place there.

"When we looked at it and the dense fiber they deployed in Omaha we decided to it was actually about the same cost to do Fiber to the Home as it is to do Fiber to the Node," Ewing said. "You get so much better performance from a speed standpoint and, we think, from an expense standpoint to see and track the same type of expense savings where Verizon has done Fiber to the Home."

While nice for a few thousand users in Omaha, it should be clear that this 1 Gbps deployment is, like AT&T's 1 Gbps promise to Austin, a somewhat theatrical PR response to Google Fiber. CenturyLink hasn't the funds, willpower or competitive pressure to seriously deploy even 100 Mbps service across most of its footprint, and most customers remain lucky to see 3 to 6 Mbps.

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dmelling

join:2009-02-26
New Paris, OH

How about just offering me service?

Hey Centurylink....how about offering HSI to areas that you currently do not? Like my house!
supertbone

join:2002-04-04
Pleasant Grove, UT

Re: How about just offering me service?

I live in a community surrounded by cities with FTH (some have Utopia and Provo has Google Fiber). Centurylink only offers 1.5 meg down in many neighborhoods in those cities.

AlexNYC

join:2001-06-02
Edwards, CO

Meanwhile in Edwards, CO

Meanwhile in Edwards, CO and the surrounding areas CenturyLink is offering a whooping 1500 kbps down / 128 kbps up.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Centurylink FTTH

Centurylink FTTH will happen, not might. They don't have a choice. FTTN is only going to be effective for so long and they don't have wireless to fall back on. It's just going to be slow going because they don't have the resources to do a mass rollout like Verizon did. They already have various places scattered about with FTTH they just don't have anything on a large scale.

I wouldn't look for gigabit to be expanded widely in the near future though.

Zenit

join:2012-05-07
Purcellville, VA
kudos:1

Re: Centurylink FTTH

Verizons roll out barely counts as huge - there is still tons and tons of copper only VZ territory. Yes its better than CenturyLinks, but it barely counts.
openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

Re: Centurylink FTTH

said by Zenit:

Verizons roll out barely counts as huge

What counts as huge in your mind? I'm curious what other telco has deployed FTTH as broadly as VZ?
devolved

join:2012-07-11
Rapid City, SD

Re: Centurylink FTTH

There are lots of rural telcos that have deployed FTTH as broadly as VZ.
openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

Re: Centurylink FTTH

Please name one that has a FTTH deployment the size of VZ's.

chd176

join:2003-01-10
Winfield, AL
I feel like CTL has a better chance of rolling out fiber than someone like AT&T. AT&T has JUST introduced the 45 MB tier while CTL has had 40 MB for some time. It does take them quite a while to do upgrades but they actually do them unlike AT&T or Verizon (if you're stuck on copper with Verizon that is).
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silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: Centurylink FTTH

Centurylink seems more motivated than At&t. I have heard some areas already have 80 Mbps via FTTN and I know they have 100 Mbps available to their limited FTTH subscribers, not sure about FTTN.
goaliebob99

join:2006-04-10
Bourbonnais, IL

Century Link needs to

I wish Century link would do a serious upgrade. I cant even get DSL at my house in Tucson that has any speed. How about upgrading the entire TUCSON market to FTTP for starters! We cant even get the prisim crap down in Rita Ranch. Century Link is in a very sad state down here. When I lived in Chicago, ATT's Uverse system puts Century link to shame and that system is horrible! FTTP is the way to go and completely future proof the system. The telcos are in denial that people want speed and FTTP. Its a sad state because the telcos listen to the bean counters instead of upgrading their networks and being innovative. Now it has come to the point where the network has become unmanageable due to them letting maintenance slide and they still dont want to pay the piper to fix things, or make a network that works now and in the future. Copper is not the way to go.

linicx
Caveat Emptor
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United State
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Yes

CenturyLink has a big rural footprint in 38 states. I am in one of those rural areas where CL does have FTTN. 10/1 DSL over copper is the best we will probably every get for a very long time. We're surrounded by AT&T and Comcast but cannot get it. We have a phone duopoly that is really a monopoly in the same bed. One serves up cable, the other serves up dsl, both offer phones and some form of entertainment. It's expensive at $90 for phone and 'net.
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barton1014

@iauq.com

CenturyLink Just want Better than 3mbs and prism service

I live in the central Florida market in a densely populated development but I cannot get the Prism service or faster than 3mb DSL. They will not invest in FTTNor FTTH for our full development of over 2,000 homes. Part of the community is served out of a pair gain and they get Prism and 10mb speed but the rest of us do without. Brighthouse probably has the bulk of the business but talking to neighbors they would love an alternative choice. To me this is short sighted on CTL management's part.

barton1014

@iauq.com
I live in the central Florida market in a densely populated development but I cannot get the Prism service or faster than 3mb DSL. They will not invest in FTTNor FTTH for our full development of over 2,000 homes. Part of the community is served out of a pair gain and they get Prism and 10mb speed but the rest of us do without. Brighthouse probably has the bulk of the business but talking to neighbors they would love an alternative choice. To me this is short sighted on CTL management's part.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

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brinet

@cloudbroadband.net
The only thing that will save CenturyLink is an aggressive RT deployment to shorten DSL loop distances and bring speeds above 10 Mbps to the masses. Lower pricing without bundles or contracts would also help.

With the proper management they could be one of the best providers, but they choose to be irrelevant.

Transmaster
Don't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus

join:2001-06-20
Cheyenne, WY

Re: CenturyLink Might ..

I would be happy just to get the speed I am paying for now. 1Gbps in Cheyenne is nothing but a pipe full if dope dream.
devolved

join:2012-07-11
Rapid City, SD
They wouldn't give a damned about 1 Gbps speeds if it wasn't for the heavy competition brought on by Google Fiber.