Thursday, October 23, 2008
Comcast announced that it is making the leap from broadband to wideband with the launch of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0. This jump will enable Comcast to introduce a brand new Internet speed tiers, in USA.
Some other countries like Japan has been providing 100MB fiber to home at about $60 a month for some time now but most US providers were slow to advance in to the higher bandwidth offerings. Comcast so far had the highest broadband bandwith provided in the most parts of the country.
According to the press release by Comcast, it’s new services will be available to millions of residential homes and businesses in parts of New England, including the Boston Metropolitan region and Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey, in the coming weeks. These services also will be available in the Twin Cities where wideband was launched earlier this year. Comcast plans to widen it's wideband reach to 10 major markets within several months.
“Wideband is a game-changer for the industry. With wideband running over our next-generation fiber-optic network, we can greatly enhance our customers’ online experience immediately. And these speeds are only a preview of what’s to come—wideband will provide the capability of delivering dramatically faster speeds in excess of 160 Mbps in the future,” said Mitch Bowling, SVP and General Manager, Comcast Online Services. “Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to offer more speed to more homes than any other U.S. Internet service provider.”
Comcast will launch two new premium speed tiers with this wideband service to its residential and business class customers;
1. Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $139.95/month.*
2. Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at $62.95/month.*
With 50Mbps one will be able to download a high-def movie (6 GB) in about 16 minutes, a standard-def movie (2 GB) in about 5 minutes and a standard-def TV show (300 MB) in a matter of seconds. I think Comcasts triple play will benefit from this speed jump, without any lags for a few users at a time.