Comcast has cast a wider net in its home state with its latest deployment of a DOCSIS 3.0-enabled service in Harrisburg and other portions of central Pennsylvania.
Comcast has started to roll out the new speeds to residential homes and businesses throughout the communities it serves in central Pennsylvania, including parts of Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon and Centre counties. The faster speeds will be available in other portions of central Pennsylvania next year.
Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 tiers are Extreme 50 and Ultra. Extreme features download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upstream speeds of 10 Mbps for $139.95 per month with a subscription to Comcast’s video service. Ultra clocks in with 22 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up at a cost of $62.95 per month when paired with the company’s video service.
Business customers will also have access to the new wideband services. Customers can sign up for the Deluxe 50 Mbps/10 Mbps tier for $189.95 per month.
“With wideband, we’re putting the pedal to the metal and delivering more speed for our customers,” said Jim Samaha, senior vice president of Comcast’s Central Pennsylvania Region. “Fifty Mbps is just a taste of what’s to come – Comcast will bring Internet speeds of 160 Mbps or more in the future. Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to offer more speed to more customers than any other U.S. Internet service provider.”
In addition to the new wideband tiers, Comcast said it will also increase speeds for its existing Performance tier customers, who will now benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.
Comcast’s stated goal is to have DOCSIS 3.0-enabled data services in 30 million homes and businesses by the end of the year. The number of homes represents 65 percent of Comcast’s footprint.
Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 speeds have already begun launching in 11 major markets, including the Twin Cities, the Boston metropolitan region and parts of southern New Hampshire, the Philadelphia metropolitan area, parts of New Jersey, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Portland, Ore., and Seattle. Comcast said it will launch in additional markets in the weeks and months ahead.
Comcast used pre-DOCSIS 3.0 wideband modems from Cisco in its first launch of wideband services in the Twin Cities last year. Comcast is also working with Arris, Motorola and other DOCSIS 3.0 vendors.
DOCSIS 3.0 can achieve downstream broadband speeds of up to 160 Mbps by bonding 6 MHz – or in the case of Europe and some parts of Asia and Latin America, 8 MHz – channels together. DOCSIS upstream channel bonding can provide up to 120 Mbps of shared throughput for cable operators.
Current requirements for DOCSIS 3.0 call for equipment to support channel bonding on at least four upstream and four downstream channels, although the platform gives operators the flexibility to bond as few as two channels to meet market needs and competition.