Gigabites: Comcast Doubles Down on D3.1
TGIF once again. In this week's Gigabites, Comcast spreads its gigabit wings, RCN takes DOCSIS 3.1 to Chicago, MaxxSouth Broadband rolls gigabit service in Oxford, Mississippi and more.
Currently, Comcast has D3.1 service in Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit, with Miami deployment scheduled to begin in November or December. Additional cities coming online in early 2017 include Denver; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Knoxville, Tennessee; the San Francisco Bay Area; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle.
When Comcast launched Gigabit Pro in select markets starting in 2015, the company promised multi-gigabit speeds, but at a stunningly high cost of $300 per month. That price point couldn't compare with Google Fiber's $70-per-month offer, but just by launching the service, Comcast was able to earn some marketing momentum. (See Comcast trots out Gigabit Pro… at a price.)
In contrast to Gigabit Pro, Comcast's D3.1 service (currently referred to simply as Gigabit Internet) rings in at $140 per month with no commitment, or as low as $70 monthly with a long-term contract. To date, the new service only supports DOCSIS 3.1 in the downstream, meaning that upload speeds max out at just 35 Mbit/s. But Comcast VP Jorge Salinger has said that the D3.1 modems going into consumer homes today support the technology in the upstream too, meaning that once Comcast has further upgraded its networks, existing D3.1 customers will have access to greater upstream capacity as well. (See Gigabites: D3.1 in 'Hundreds' of Homes.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading