TDS Telecom Selects Actiontec to Power New 1 Gig Service

SUNNYVALE, CA — TDS Telecom, an ISP serving more than a hundred rural, suburban and metropolitan communities, has selected Actiontec Electronics, a provider of Gigabit Ethernet fiber routers, high speed VDSL gateways, DSL modems, and home networking solutions, as the customer premise equipment (CPE) supplier for its newly launched residential Gigabit Ethernet service. The ultra high-speed broadband service will offer speeds up to 1 Gbps downstream/400 Mbps upstream.

With the new 1Gig service, TDS Telecom delivers broadband access speeds that are more than 100 times faster than what the average U.S. household has today. The service is immediately available to its TV subscribers in Hollis, New Hampshire—now one of the fastest broadband towns in America. The service will be expanded to TDS’s other markets in the future.

Hybrid Copper and Fiber WAN Router

TDS selected Actiontec’s T2200H Universal Broadband Gateway for this new service because it delivered the fastest throughput of all the devices TDS tested in trials. The T2200H is a powerhouse copper and fiber WAN router that features a range of connectivity options for a combination of speedy wired and wireless experiences.

“We chose Actiontec because of their unique combination of expertise, innovation, and technical prowess,” said Matthew Apps, manager Internet product management and development at TDS. “As we cross the Gigabit Ethernet threshold, it’s important to have an equipment partner who has the experience to get the job done right and the commitment to provide ongoing support throughout the launch.”

“Actiontec is driving the shift to Gigabit Ethernet, and TDS is a prime example of how we are working with leading service providers to power tomorrow’s digital experiences by bringing incredible new speeds to new markets,” said Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec. “Our solutions like the T2200H ensure that TDS can deliver advanced, high-bandwidth services to its subscribers, reliably and scalability.”

The residential speeds of TDS’s 1Gig service are required to keep pace with new multiscreen and Ultra HD experiences as well as consumers’ increasing broadband usage and viewing habits. According to comScore, 61 percent of all Americans watched an average of 397 online videos in January 2014. With the 1Gig service, customers can download an HD movie in seconds and stream it to multiple devices, seamlessly.

The T2200H’s unique copper-fiber hybrid design supports VDSL2 in addition to Gigabit Ethernet, which means that the same device can be used in both fiber to the home (FTTH) and DSL deployments. This versatility eliminates the complexity and extra costs of managing multiple CPE devices for different markets. In addition, the T2200H enables carriers like TDS to migrate from copper to fiber without having to swap out subscriber equipment.


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