Comcast has begun a nationwide rollout of multi-gigabit internet speeds, using both wireline and WiFi technologies, that will reach more than 50 million homes and businesses before the end of 2025. It claims it will be the largest and fastest-ever multi-gig deployment in the United States. Multi-gig WiFi speeds will be made possible by using WiFi 6E Gateways. Comcast will begin offering 10G-enabled, multi-gig symmetrical services in 2023. (10G, not to be confused with fifth generation, is the cable industry’s vision for delivering 10 gigabits per second to homes in the U.S. and around the globe.)
Download speeds up to 2 Gbps combined with faster upload speeds will be available in 34 cities and towns before the end of 2022, with initial rollouts underway in Colorado Springs, CO; Augusta, GA; and Panama City Beach, FL.
10G technology will be a big topic of conversation this month at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ (SCTE) Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia. With several cable operators planning multi-gig speeds, there is a lot to talk about, Multichannel News reports. SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban said that 10G represents the future for cable, the publication reported, allowing applications such as telemedicine.
Comcast is completing the core technical foundation for 10G, which will deliver multi-gig symmetrical speeds over the connections already installed in tens of millions of homes and businesses, as well as finalizing its transition to a cloud-based, virtualized network that enables faster speeds and greater reliability for customers.
By J. Sharpe Smith, Inside Towers Technology Editor