Comcast Brings 100-Meg to Augusta
The MSO's Twin Cities market was the first to get it, back in May. (See Comcast Gets Bizzy With 100-Meg Tier .)
And the service still carries a hefty premium. The Deluxe 100 tier sells for $369.95 per month, though it does include the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Communications Services pack, which Comcast values at more than $500, as well as a biz-class virus and spyware protection suite from Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC).
Comcast has yet to deploy a 100-Mbit/s service for residential customers (its top residential tier offers downstream bursts of up to 50 Mbit/s). However, the MSO will reportedly launch a residential service that hits the 100-Mbit/s mark later this year.
Evidence has emerged that Comcast will start that off with Extreme 105, a Docsis 3.0 tier that caps speeds at 105 Mbit/s downstream and 10 Mbit/s upstream for $199.95, plus a $250 installation fee. If that's the case, Suddenlink Communications would retain its Docsis 3.0 downstream bragging rights in the US, as it's still on top with with its 107-Mbit/s wideband tier. (See Suddenlink Unleashes 107-Meg Wideband Tier.)
Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas noted that the MSO is mentioning 100-Mbit/s speeds in its Xfinity advertising and that the new tier would be "coming soon."
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable