Comcast Tees Up More Gigabit Markets
Although it hasn't actually launched gigabit service anywhere in the US yet, Comcast keeps lining up the markets for its new, all-fiber Gigabit Pro service.
In its latest move, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has announced plans to roll out its symmetrical 2-Gig service in large swaths of Michigan and Indiana, including Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids in Michigan, and Bloomington, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis in Indiana. In total, the biggest US MSO aims to cover more than 2.1 million homes in the two Midwest states with its new high-speed service.
The news follows Comcast's announcement last month about launching Gigabit Pro in six other markets, including the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the MSO's entire footprint in Utah, the Houston area, Oregon, parts of Washington and parts of Colorado. Before that, the MSO said it would deploy Gigabit Pro in Atlanta, parts of Florida, areas of California, the Greater Chicago region and parts of Tennessee, including Chattanooga. (See Comcast Targets 6 New Gigabit Markets.)
But none of these launches have happened just yet. While Comcast initially intended to introduce Gigabit Pro in select markets last month, those plans have stalled. Now the company says it plans to launch all Gigabit Pro markets simultaneously later this summer.
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Comcast also continues to be mysteriously mum about Gigabit Pro's pricing. A promotional website suggested that Gigabit Pro would cost subscribers $299 per month, more than three times what Google Fiber Inc. and a number of other broadband providers charge for their 1-Gig offerings. But Comcast has said that those web pages were a mistake, and that its pricing strategy has not yet been finalized. (See Comcast Wins Praise, But Suffers Delays.)
Using a fiber-to-the-home architecture, the Gigabit Pro service will beat out other gigabit offerings by doubling symmetrical speeds to 2 Gbit/s. Comcast is aiming to extend availability of the service to 18 million homes by year's end. It also plans to offer gigabit speeds over HFC plant using the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec, starting next year. (See Comcast Preps 2-Gig Service… Over Fiber.)
— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading