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DOCSIS 3.0 era is now in full swing

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 9:00am
Brian Santo

The DOCSIS 3.0 era is now in full swing. Comcast is beginning to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 in three markets, and will have it in 10 areas by the end of the year, passing 10 million homes and businesses.

Tested in the Twin Cities in Minnesota and now being rolled out commercially there, Comcast will next introduce wideband in the Boston Metropolitan region and Southern New Hampshire, and in its Philadelphia market (including parts of New Jersey).

Comcast Cable ModemThe new consumer tier system includes:

  • Extreme at 50 Mbps upstream and 10 Mbps downstream (the test was at 5 Mbps; a Comcast spokesman said the company decided to double that), at $139.95/month in a bundle
  • Ultra at 22 Mbps/5 Mbps, at $62.95/month
  • Performance Plus downstream rates will double from 8 Mbps to 16 Mbps, with 2Mpbs on the upstream
  • Performance downstream will double from 6Mbps to 12 Mbps, and 2 Mbps on the upstream.

Current Comcast Performance and Performance Plus customers will have their speeds automatically doubled at no additional cost.

Comcast is also revising its business tiers:

  • DeLuxe at 50 Mbps/10 Mbps, at $189.95/month, which includes a full suite of features and support
  • Premium at 22 Mbps/5 Mbps, at  $99.95/month
  • Preferred at 16 Mbps/2 Mbps
  • Starter at 12 Mbps / 2 Mbps

Business customers will get Microsoft Communications Services, providing corporate-class e-mail, calendaring and document sharing, as well as firewall protection, static IP addresses, multiple e-mail addresses and business class 24/7 customer support.

Current business customers also will receive complimentary speed increases.

“This is the beginning of introducing DOCSIS 3.0 across the country,” according to a Comcast spokesman.

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