Hargray

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Hargray
Type Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1949
Headquarters Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Area served Lowcountry and Savannah, Ga. regions
Products Cable television, Internet Service Provider, VoIP, Wireless communications
Website http://www.hargray.com/

Hargray is a telecommunications provider based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It operates throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and the Savannah region of Georgia. Hargray offers land line telephone service, internet, cable television and resells cellular phone service through Cricket.[1]

History[edit]

Hargray was founded in nearby Hardeeville under the name Harcan Telephone. Throughout the following decades, Hargray expanded in Bluffton and eventually onto Hilton Head Island.[2] By the 1980s, Hargray began offering cable television service to customers in the region in addition to telephone service. In 2007, Hargray was acquired by Quadrangle Capital Partners.[3] Several years later, in 2010, Quadrangle unsuccessfully attempted to sell Hargray.[4]

Data Publishing[edit]

Hargray established Data Publishing in 1986.[5] It is responsible for publishing all of the Hargray Telephone Directories. The company continued to expand and publish directories for other companies including Horry Telephone Cooperative and Windstream, among others. Under Quadrangles ownership of Hargray, the company was ultimately sold to Horry Telephone Cooperative. The deal was completed in September 2012.[6]

Acquisitions[edit]

Hargray has acquired several cable systems in its service area, including Charter's system in Beaufort[7] as well as a few systems from Shentel.[8]

Technology[edit]

Multiple technologies are employed depending on region, all reaching from the core headend and central office in Pritchardsville, South Carolina.

For television, Hargray deploys IPTV or QAM digital TV service over coaxial cable. IPTV is handled via the Microsoft Mediaroom platform.

Voice services (POTS) are carried over both VoIP and copper telephone line.

Internet is provided by either DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems, ADSL modems, or fiber to the home. Hargray also provides public WiFi service and dial-up to customers as well.

As of September 27, 2012, Hargray has completed an integration of 7,000 Charter customers in the Beaufort, South Carolina area.[9]

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