GVTC switches on gigabit Internet in San Antonio area

GVTC Communications says that residential and business customers in the San Antonio area now have access to 1-Gbps broadband access network speeds and claims it is among the first to deliver gigabit speeds across such a vast region.

GVTC Communications says that residential and business customers in the San Antonio area now have access to 1-Gbps broadband access network speeds and claims it is among the first to deliver gigabit speeds across such a vast region.

GVTC's gigabit network footprint encompasses 2,200 miles of fiber-optic cable across a 2,000-square-mile area, which includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, and Gonzales, TX. Currently, more than 40,000 households are connected to GVTC's fiber-optic network. The company is in the process of expanding fiber to an additional 2,600 homes in select residential neighborhoods.

GVTC previously said it would launch gigabit speeds to its service area when it announced the GVTC GigaRegion on June 18, 2014. Now the operator has made good on its intentions.

"There's been a lot of talk about bringing gigabit Internet speeds to the area and I'm proud to say GVTC delivered in a matter of weeks after announcing our commitment," said GVTC president and CEO, Ritchie Sorrells. "Our partner cities in the GVTC GigaRegion have a valuable asset they can use now to compete for the types of jobs that will help their communities grow and prosper."

The GVTC GigaRegion is a private-public partnership among GVTC and the cities of Boerne, Bulverde, and Gonzales. The goal is to generate economic development and appeal to residents seeking access to faster Internet speeds, while enjoying the lifestyle of a smaller community.

The GigaRegion network is powered by GPON equipment supplied by Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) (see "GVTC, Calix launch GigaRegion FTTH service in Texas").

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