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Rogers: Speculation on coming 18 Mbps service is just that

Thu, 02/15/2007 - 6:15am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Despite some recent speculation posted on a popular broadband blog, Rogers Cable isn't providing many details yet about a forthcoming cable modem tier that will raise the downstream cap to 18 Mbps.

Users in a Rogers Forum at DSL Reports noted that the tier will come online in March and sell for $99.95 per month, plus $3 extra for the modem rental. They lamented that the monthly bandwidth cap for the new tier will be 90 gigabytes per month, 10 GB less than the MSO's "Extreme" tier.

A Rogers spokesperson confirmed that Rogers is testing the new tier today and working out details related to its price point and any bandwidth consumption figures tied to it. "The information out there today is speculation," the spokesperson said in reference to recent forum postings.

Rogers' forthcoming tier is expected, however. In early August, the company announced plans to launch an 18-Meg tier called Rogers Yahoo! High-speed Elite by Q4 2006, so the formal launch of the service has seen a delay. At the time, the company did disclose a monthly fee of $99.95, and a monthly consumption cap of 100 GB. Consumption beyond the cap, Rogers said, would go for $1.25 per GB.

Launching and testing faster cable modem tiers has become commonplace in Canada. Earlier this month, for example, Videotron announced it achieved downstream speeds of 98 Mbps during tests of pre-DOCSIS 3.0 Wideband CMTS and modem technology from Cisco Systems. That test involved about 150 residential and commercial customers.

Shaw Communications recently announced plans for "Nitro," a tier that will cap the downstream at 25 Mbps. It started taking orders for Nitro in mid-November from customers in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria.

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