Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Comcast Launches 50/5 Mbps Internet Service Using DOCSIS 3.0

Comcast launched "wideband" Internet service at up to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream in its first market -- the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The service leverages DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Comcast said it expects to deliver even faster speeds of up to 100 Mbps to its customers over the next two years with the capability of delivering higher speeds of 160 Mbps or more in the future.

The new 50 Mbps / 5 Mbps speed tier will be offered at $149.95 per month.

The company is boosting its other speed tiers as well. Comcast will nearly triple the upload speed of its 6 Mbps / 384 Kbps Performance tier to 6 Mbps / 1 Mbps and more than double the upload speed of its 8 Mbps / 768 Kbps Performance Plus tier to 8 Mbps / 2 Mbps. In addition, with Comcast's "PowerBoost" technology, customers are able to enjoy even faster speeds of up to 12 Mbps downloads and 2 Mbps uploads on the Performance tier and 16 Mbps downloads on the Performance Plus tier for files like videos, games, music and digital photographs.

"This announcement marks the beginning of the evolution from broadband to wideband," said Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast High-Speed Internet, Comcast Cable. "Wideband is the future and it's coming fast. We believe wideband will usher-in a new era of speed and Internet innovation for today's digital consumers."