Comcast is poised to revolutionize the home Internet market its strategy is to offer download speeds of up to 2 Gbps through coaxial cables, thanks to DOCSIS 4.0 technology.
This development offers a significant improvement in the speed and quality of service for consumers without access to fiber optics. Yes, even with old equipment millions of people will soon have access to faster speeds.
Comcast makes a difference with unprecedented download speeds
Comcast, one of the largest Internet service providers in the United States, has announced that it will offer download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) over coaxial cables, the same ones used in cable television. This speed is higher than the average for fiber optic connections, which is usually 1 Gbps, and does not require changing equipment available in homes and businesses.
The technology that makes this possible is called DOCSIS 4.0 and is the result of years of research and development in the cable industry. DOCSIS 4.0 makes it possible to take full advantage of the bandwidth available in coaxial cables, using advanced modulation and coding techniques. No need to wait for a connection to a fiber optic network.
In addition, DOCSIS 4.0 offers symmetrical speeds, that is, the same speed for upload and download, which facilitates the use of applications such as streaming play or teleworking. In a test conducted by Comcast last year, it achieved a download speed of 6 Gbps and an upload speed of 4 Gbps. In theory, it can support speeds of up to 10 Gbps down and up to 6 Gbps upload, which indicates Internet connections even faster in the future.
Phased deployment for optimal coverage
Comcast’s service that uses this technology is called X-Class, and it will initially be launched in some areas of Colorado Springs, a city south of Denver.
According to Comcast, the X-Class will be available in more than 50 million homes by the end of 2025 and will expand to other regions of the country. Pricing for the service has not yet been revealed but is expected to be competitive with other fiber optic offerings.
With the X-Class, Comcast is the first among Internet access providers, offering multi-gigabit speeds to its customers without the need to change its infrastructure.
This innovation represents an important development for the cable sector, which seeks to maintain its relevance in the face of the growing demand for fast and reliable connections.
Meanwhile, in our country, according to the latest Ookla report, fixed and mobile internet speeds increased a 30% compared to the year 2022, with an average of 60.71 Mbps of fixed broadband and 26.66 Mbps on the mobile network, the same as the download speed.
Comcast has not said anything about expanding its service in Mexico. However, it is worth keeping in mind the current state of our market and the options available to us, in terms of higher speeds.