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Comcast plans nationwide gigabit cable service in 2-3 years

2015-08-25 01:42 by
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Comcast has announced that not only its fiber-to-the-home customers will be able to benefit from gigabit speeds. The company plans to upgrade its cable network to DOCSIS 3.1 and begin 1-gigabit service rollouts later this year. The aim is to spread the service nationwide in two to three years.

The DOCSIS 3.1 standard defines a minimum speed of 1 gbps download, but it is expected to be able to support speeds of 10 gbps downstream or more.

"Our intent is to scale it through our footprint through 2016," Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said. "We want to get it across the footprint very quickly... We're shooting for two years."

Starting early next year, Comcast will provide some of its customers with a DOCSIS 3.1 modem that will facilitate the faster speeds. Modem vendors and states in which the service will be available first are not clear yet.

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by Philip - 2015-08-25 22:24
This is good news, more competition to Google Fiber. It will be interesting to see the pricing structure, and how quickly they roll it out in markets where there are no real alternatives. I hope they let customers use retail modems that support DOCSIS 3.1 as well.
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