Operators' investments in DOCSIS 3.1 infrastructure continue to deliver as cable operators expand the number of communities with access to 1-gigabit speeds.
Comcast today launched an Internet service that leverages DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps to residential customers across Utah. The offering uses Comcast's existing lines; customers simply install a new DOCSIS 3.1-compatible cable modem, the operator said.
"With our 1 Gig residential service, customers in Utah can take advantage of super-fast internet speeds using the existing wiring in their home," said Merlin Jensen, area vice president of Technical Operations at Comcast, in a statement.
Since debuting its first 1Gbps DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philadelphia in December 2015, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has steadily rolled out this capability to customers across its geographic footprint.
The service now is available in regions such as Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Detroit and Miami.
"Combined with all the upgrades we have already put into our advanced fiber optic-coax network, [DOCSIS 3.1] will not only provide more gigabit speed choices for customers, it will also eventually make these ultra-fast speeds available to the most homes in our service areas," said Bill Connors, Comcast Central Division president.
Other providers are now realizing the potential of their DOCSIS 3.1 investments. Liberty Global, for example, expects to unveil its own gigabit service later this year, said Colin Buechner, managing director of Access Network at Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), last month. (See Liberty Global Bases Growth on Speed, Content.)
For its part, Mediacom Communications Corp. this week also took the wraps off its own 1Gbps service to customers within its Georgia footprint.
Over the past 21 years, Mediacom has invested more than $8 billion to "acquire, upgrade and expand" its national network as part of its transition to the DOCSIS 3.1 Gigasphere platform, said Doug Frank, group vice president for Mediacom's Coastal Region, in a statement.
Mediacom plans to deliver gigabit broadband to most of the 3 million residential and business customers across its 22-state market; currently, it offers ultra-broadband to more than 600 communities, the operator said.
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.
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