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Comcast wraps up DOCSIS deployment in Bay area

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

When it comes to DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts, Comcast can check off the San Francisco Bay area now that the service has been deployed in the East Bay and North Bay.

The nation’s largest cable operator had previously deployed its DOCSIS 3.0 wideband service in the San Jose/Silicon Valley area, in San Francisco and on the peninsula portions of the East Bay and Monterey/Salinas area earlier this year.

"Since we first launched wideband in the spring, we've heard from more and more customers interested in our new service – driven by its fast speeds, our reliable network infrastructure, and the fact that the tech-savvy Bay Area residents want speed and value, which the new Ultra and Extreme 50 tiers deliver," said Steve White, senior vice president of Comcast's California Region. "Our customers' online experience is significantly transformed with this next iteration of service, and this is only the beginning. Wideband, combined with our fiber-optic network, will allow us to meet our customers' needs for many years to come by offering even quicker speeds in the future."

Last week, Comcast said its DOCSIS 3.0 service was deployed in nearly 50 percent of its entire footprint. 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 uses DOCSIS 3.0’s channel bonding in order to offer downstream speeds of up to 50 Mbps, but 100 Mbps is also attainable. Like in other markets, Comcast also said it was doubling the speeds for the majority of its high-speed Internet customers in the San Francisco Bay area at no additional cost.

Beginning today, Comcast's new services are available to residential homes (and beginning August 4 to all businesses) in the following cities: Alameda, Albany, American Canyon, Belvedere, Benicia, Berkeley, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Camp Meeker, Castro Valley, Cazadero, Cloverdale, Corte Madera, Cotati, Crockett, Deer Park, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Fairfax, Fairfield, Forest Knolls, Forestville, Fremont, Fulton, Geyserville, Glen Ellen, Graton, Greenbrae, Guerneville, Hayward, Healdsburg, Hercules, Kentfield, Kenwood, Kensington, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Monte Rio, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Occidental, Penngrove, Petaluma, Piedmont, Pinole, Port Costa, Rio Nido, Rodeo, Rohnert Park, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Quentin, Richmond, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Sebastopol, Sonoma, St. Helena, Suisun City, Tiburon, Travis Air Force Base, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Windsor, Wood Acre and Yountville.

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 $99.95 per month with a subscription to Comcast’s video or voice services. 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 or voice offerings.

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, while the Premium tier has speeds of 22/5 for $99.95.

Comcast increased the speeds for its existing Performance tier residential customers, who will now benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively. Comcast also has its PowerBoost technology for bursts of faster speeds.

More Broadband Direct 07/29/09:
•  Time Warner Cable posts 14% increase in Q2 profit
•  Comcast wraps up DOCSIS deployment in Bay area
•  Cox flips switch on DOCSIS 3.0 in Rhode Island
•  Sprint Nextel posts wider Q2 loss; shares skid
•  Verizon bows smaller ONTs for MDUs
•  Qwest's Q2 profit up 18% on one-time tax savings
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•  Microsoft, Yahoo team up to ding Google with Bing
•  Broadband Briefs for 07/29/09

 

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