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Comcast’s Project Cavalry hits North Fla.; 100 Mbps on tap

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 7:45am
Mike Robuck

Comcast is checking off another area for its analog-to-digital conversion initiative with North Florida coming on board.

Comcast’s Project Cavalry is gearing up in North Florida, where Comcast provides services to 300,000 households, according to Jacksonville.com. Starting on March 30, Comcast subscribers in the Orange Park area will be notified that they’ll need digital terminal adapters (DTAs) if they’re subscribing to one of the cable operator’s digital tiers.

With the reclaimed bandwidth, Comcast will be adding 55 new HD channels, 20 new digital channels (depending on which tier customers subscribe to), more VOD and, at some point, a wideband service with 100 Mbps of speed into subscribers’ homes.

While Comcast hasn’t tipped its hand on the expected deployment of a 100 Mbps, DOCSIS 3.0 service, Financial Times reported that Cisco is working with several service providers on a 100 Mbps offering. Cisco counts AT&T and Comcast among its list of customers.

Comcast launched a 100 Mbps service for businesses last year in Minneapolis/St. Paul, but according to a story earlier this week by DSLReports.com, it expects to have the 100 Mbps in 20 percent of its footprint by the end of the year. DSLReports said Comcast was also working on a 250 Mbps tier.

During an earnings report earlier this month, Comcast said it expects to have DOCSIS 3.0 rolled out across its entire footprint in some form by early this year, and hopes to have its all-digital conversion mostly finished by year’s end.

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