Posted By IAMU,
Friday, June 19, 2015
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Alta Municipal Utilities (Altatec) is embarking on a project to upgrade their existing HFC network from 870 mHz to 1 gHz. Bids were opened earlier this month, with Larry Butler and Oak Hill Consulting providing the engineering work. TSB Communications Contractors was the only bidder for the construction. Both were involved in the original Altatec network construction in 2000.
The project will cost around $375,000 and will allow Altatec to significantly increase broadband speeds to customers. In addition to upgrading the plant bandwidth capacity, Altatec will be moving to a DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS. That will allow them to transition voice customers away from the end-of-life ADC platform to VoIP.
Altatec General Manager Randy Tilk says the move to the Arris C4 CMTS will rid the system of bottlenecks that were causing significant customer slowdowns, especially during "snow days" last winter. The C4 will allow Altatec to provide up to 160 Mbps per node, quadrupling the capacity of their current C3 platform.
Construction will begin this summer, with conversion of customers to DOCSIS 3.0 modem expected to take into 2016.