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Qwest Taking a Run at Wideband?

12:45 PM -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) may be taking a stab at building Docsis 3.0 competition with a new VDSL2-fueled "Ultimate+" tier that offers 40 Mbit/s down and 20 Mbit/s upstream for $109.99 per month.

Qwest isn't confirming anything beyond that it's trialing VDSL2, but DSL Reports says the telco is also teeing up an Ultimate offering of 40 Mbit/s by 5 Mbit/s for $99.99 per month, though final pricing on all this may change later.

Both tiers would trump Qwest's fastest ADSL2+-based tier, Quantum+, which is $64.99 per month, and offers 20 Mbit/s up by 5 Mbit/s down.

If Qwest is getting ready to get aggressive with those speedier tiers, it's sure to grab the attention of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), which is rapidly deploying a Docsis 3.0 tier that pipes in 50 Mbit/s down and 10 Mbit/s up. A new pricing scheme will dip that offering to sub-$100 terrain when it's bundled with other services. (See Comcast Trims Wideband Pricing.)

Mediacom Communications Corp. , which runs into Qwest in some markets, plans to offer wideband in half its serviceable homes by the end of this year. Bresnan Communications LLC , which serves parts of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah, has not announced when it will pull the Docsis 3.0 trigger, though it's already getting some network gear ready for that day. (See Mediacom Gets Serious About Wideband and Bresnan's 'Insurance Policy' .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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