comcast DOCSIS 3.1 modem
A few days ago Comcast released a press release announcing the successful test of the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philadelphia.
Like all press releases, this information probably is going through one ear and out the other since companies often release test information about faster Internet service but consumers never see the results and benefit. In simple terms, Comcast has spent thousands of hours figuring out to use existing cable lines to deliver super-fast gigabit Internet speeds to its customers without having to make major changes to their infrastructure.
Gigabit Internet is super-fast and delivers download speeds of 1,000 megabits per seconds (Mbps) or faster. Essentially, that is much faster than what you receive today from your cable modem.
Until now, gigabit Internet platforms required Internet providers to install new fiber lines in the states they offer service in. This has proven to be a very costly solution to upgrading to a gigabit platform until now.
Comcast’s technology team seem to be at the forefront of pushing the envelope when it comes to upgrading the its infrastructure. The new solution will mean Comcast can offer the gigabit service sooner to its customers leaving other cable companies to scramble to upgrade in order to compete.
Comcast says it’ll start testing the new technology in many homes during 2016 and will expand the service offering from that point.
The breakthrough means a lot more for customers other than faster internet speeds. Comcast has just found a new way to charge the customers for higher tier premium Internet service.