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Mile High Tease

12:40 PM -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is close to launching Docsis 3.0 services in Denver, the corporate backyard of Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), or at least that's what some video ads running in the market this week appear to suggest.

TV spots touting Comcast's PowerBoost technology tease at the tail end that the operator will soon be introducing a 50 Mbit/s (downstream) service, an obvious reference to Comcast's Docsis 3.0-powered "Extreme" tier.

Comcast has not announced a Docsis 3.0 launch date for the Mile High City. "It may have been a national spot on a natonal channel as we don't have anything to announce at this time for Denver," a Comcast spokesman said via email.

That wideband may be coming to Denver this year is not a big surprise. After all, Comcast expects to have about 65 percent of its systems wired up for Docsis 3.0 by year's end, and Denver-based Qwest is reportedly getting ready to roll out some tiers based on VDSL2, including one that tops out at 40 Mbit/s down and 20 Mbit/s up for $109.99 per month, and another that offers 40 Mbit/s down and 5 Mbit/s up for $99.99. Qwest has confirmed only that it's been giving VDSL2 a trial run, but Denver offers a logical choice if the telco decides to target its initial commercial launches of the technology. (See Comcast Sets Wideband Goal and Qwest Taking a Run at Wideband?)

Comcast is offering its wideband tier for $99.95 when it's bundled with video or voice service in all its D3 markets. (See Comcast Trims Wideband Pricing.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

BTRoundtable 12/5/2012 | 4:01:47 PM
re: Mile High Tease

Midcontinent cable is offering DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband service, delivering broadband speeds of 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. The deployment enabled them to potentially deliver speeds of 160 Mbps/120 Mbps http://bit.ly/11SlG0

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