Frontier rolls out Vantage TV to compete with Time Warner, AT&T, Google

Frontier Communications said Wednesday it’s introducing Vantage TV, a high-speed internet and phone service that will further expand competitive choices in the Triangle.

The service, which Frontier expects to expand over time, will provide Triangle residents with broadband options beyond current providers: Time Warner Cable, AT&T’s U-verse and Google Fiber. TWC is the area’s dominant provider but AT&T is continually expanding its U-verse service in the Triangle, where it’s offered in 10 municipalities. Google Fiber is available in parts of Morrisville and is planned for Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Carrboro and Garner.

Vantage TV is being selectively introduced to nearly 75,000 households, representing about a third of Frontier’s North Carolina service area that covers 275,000 households in 16 counties. The company said it has about 130,000 customers in the state now subscribing to one or more of its services, which includes Dish satellite TV service, as well as Vantage TV, which has been tested in Durham since February as a pilot project.

Vantage TV is being offered primarily in Durham but also in pockets of Raleigh, Creedmoor, Wake Forest, Franklinton, Rougemont, Bahama and other municipalities.

Vantage TV is also offered in parts of South Carolina, Minnesota and Connecticut, home to Frontier’s corporate headquarters.

“We will add Vantage availability wherever it is possible and dependent on how the market responds to this intial offering,” Frontier said in a statement. “It is also dependent on broadband capacity in the network.”

Frontier’s service includes more than 400 TV channels, video on demand, and viewing on up to eight TV screens, as well as bundled services. Frontier’s voice over internet protocol, or VOIP, phone service is also called Vantage, as is the broadband internet service. Previously those services were branded as Frontier.

Frontier entered the North Carolina telecom market in 2010 as part of an asset purchase from Verizon in 13 states.

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