Lumen (aka CenturyLink) to offer 8-gig broadband in Minneapolis

Fierce Telecom reports

Lumen Technologies announced a significant speed boost for Quantum Fiber subscribers in a trio of markets, rolling out a new symmetrical 8-gig service for residents and small businesses.

The operator is offering the new speed tier using its XGS-PON network. Unlike multi-gig fiber services from other operators, Lumen said its 8-gig plan will require the on-premises installation of a permanent network interface and router that is separate from a customer’s Wi-Fi. It claimed this separation will enable “easy Wi-Fi activations and simple upgrades as technology evolves.”

Its new speed tier will initially be available to select customers in cities near Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle. A Lumen representative told Fierce it plans to expand availability of the service “as quickly as we can,” adding “the vast majority of our new builds will have 8 gigabit capability.”

The new 8-gig tier will cost $300 per month and will be offered alongside a 3-gig option for $150 per month, a 1-gig option for $65 per month and a 200 Mbps service priced at $49 per month.

The move to introduce its 8-gig service comes after the company’s President of Mass Markets Maxine Moreau teased its development of a multi-gig offer in March.

Many reader will know Lumen better as CenturyLink. Here’s the connection from their website…

Lumen brings together the talent, experience, infrastructure and capabilities of CenturyLink, Level 3 and 25+ other technology companies to create a new kind of company—one designed specifically to address the dynamic data and application needs of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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