Light Reading

Comcast's Target: 105-Meg D3 Downstream

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
7/27/2010
50%
50%

Rumors that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) was prepping a 105-Mbit/s Docsis 3.0-powered residential tier started to percolate in May at The Cable Show in Los Angeles.

Since then, the MSO has been happy to acknowledge that it would "soon" start to offer a new 100-Mbit/s-plus tier alongside its new "Xfinity" brand and the upgrades that go along with it, but has stayed mum with respect to specific speeds and pricing.

Based on emails sent to some customers in markets where the Xfinity brand has been introduced, including Denver, the MSO is starting to spell out that it will indeed offer a residential wideband tier that caps the downstream at 105-Mbit/s. Comcast, which has more than 80 percent of its plant upgraded for D3, already offers a 50-meg D3 residential service.

This One Goes to 105

This email (sent to some subs in the Mile High City on July 22) follows the show rumors and a report in May that the operator was cooking up an "Extreme 105" tier that would come with a 10-Mbit/s upstream and be priced for $199.95 per month (plus a $250 installation fee), and run off the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) WBM760 D3 modem. At the time, there were indications that Comcast might launch the tier as early as June. (See Comcast Getting Amped Up? )

Even with customer emails circulating, Comcast's still not revealing much more. "We haven’t made a specific announcement at this time," spokesman Charlie Douglas says via email. "The advertising and marketing we’ve done around Xfinity has always said we would be offering a 100+ Mbps service in the near future."

Comcast's next chance to reveal any new residential D3 details comes tomorrow morning when it reports second-quarter numbers.

Based on where Comcast has introduced the Xfinity brand so far, some other market candidates for the 105-meg residential tier are Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco/Bay Area, among others. (See US MSOs Get Rolling With 100-Meg Wideband .)

If Comcast indeed rolls out a 105-meg service, it won't be elevated to the top of the US cable downstream speed totem pole. That honor would remain with Suddenlink Communications and its 107-Meg tier. (See Suddenlink Widens 107-Meg Reach .)

Comcast, by the way, hasn’t deployed D3 upstream channel bonding, but it's liked what it's seen so far from the initial lab and field trials. (See Comcast: Upstream Bonding Tests Yield 'Sustained' 75 Mbit/s .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Greenbone
50%
50%
Greenbone,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:28:45 PM
re: Comcast's Target: 105-Meg D3 Downstream


Any word on the upstream bandwidth?


I have xFinity in Boulder, CO - and the on-demand is pretty smooth so far. One hole though...the web interface for programming the DVR is not up yet. (at least here).


I'm also frustrated with the shell game they play with premium series.  They leave out key episodes, or expire them before the rest.  Doing the math on Comcast leads one quickly to just get Netflix.  I'm headed that way if they don't quit the bait and switch on their on-demand lineup.  ($200 per month for xFinity, or...$9 per month for Netflix plus a basic internet connection, hmmmm)


 


They're real good about putting the for-pay stuff up, not so hot with everything else.

Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:28:45 PM
re: Comcast's Target: 105-Meg D3 Downstream


The rumor is that they'll match the 105 down with 10meg up, though i've also seen some speculation on 20meg upstream. I think the remote DVR management capability comes later when they update the set-top guide.  It's been bizaare tracking how they offer series on VoD.  Some series have limited number of episodes (your complaint), but then the TV Everywhere service seems to have  more.  One recent example involved the old HBO series, The Wire. on traditional vod, the number of episodes was spotty, yet online they had every episode from every series avail.


Not sure if that had to do with windowing or the capacity of the vod system. But the latter shortcoming should be solved as Comcast gets its CDN more broadly deployed.  I think Netflix has their attn. I subscribe to Netflix too and the WAtch Instantly component adds incredible value for the rate I pay. JB


 


 

Greenbone
50%
50%
Greenbone,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:28:40 PM
re: Comcast's Target: 105-Meg D3 Downstream
...my guess is the spotty vod is a DVD box set marketing tactic.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
LRTV Documentaries
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

5|22|15   |   03:53   |   (0) comments


For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
LRTV Documentaries
Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

5|20|15   |   05:02   |   (0) comments


Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
LRTV Custom TV
Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

5|20|15   |   20:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
The Security Challenge of SDN

5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

5|14|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
LRTV Custom TV
The Transport SDN Buzz

5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

5|5|15   |   04:49   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
LRTV Custom TV
Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
LRTV Custom TV
DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

4|29|15   |   03:48   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

4|29|15   |   6:45   |   (0) comments


Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
Upcoming Live Events
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
Hot Topics
Choosing a Technology Supplier? Consider Changing Your Selection Criteria
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 5/18/2015
Verizon Saves 60% Swapping Copper for Fiber
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/19/2015
Chattanooga Charts Killer Gigabit Apps
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/20/2015
Smarter 'Dumb' TVs Will Drive OTT Adoption
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/18/2015
Charter, Bright House: The Wedding's Back On
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/19/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
I recently popped down to Texas to chat with CEO Eric L. Pratt about his company, Taqua.
Cats with Phones