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DOCSIS 3.1 Internet by Comcast

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 marks an important milestone in the history of the internet. Comcast, the largest cable system operator in America, said it will offer the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 service to business and residential customers in selected cities. The service will be available in early 2016 to XFinity and Comcast Business customers in Nashville and Atlanta. Miami, Detroit, and Chicago will follow later in the year.

DOCIS 3.1 is a technical standard that enables ultrafast data speeds. It can download at up to 10 gigabits per second (10 GB/S), and upload at up to 1 GB/S..

Several internet service providers, including Comcast, have rolled out gigabit-speed data services in selected areas within the last two years. These services, though, operate on advanced fiber-optic networks. With DOCSIS 3.1 technology, data can move at gigabit speeds over existing copper-wire coaxial cables. ISPs will not need to install expensive new fiber-to-the-home infrastructure.

Last month, Comcast announced that it had successfully installed and activated DOCSIS 3.1 modems in Philadelphia and Atlanta. Bill Connors, the company’s Central Division President, said: “We’re constantly working to ensure that our customers get the fastest speeds available, and that they get them first. DOCSIS 3.1 represents a tremendous step forward in our commitment to keeping customers at the technology forefront. Combined with all the upgrades we have already put into our advanced fiber-optic coax network, this technology will not only provide more gigabit-speed choices for customers, it will also eventually make these ultrafast speeds available to the most homes in our service areas.”

Because the DOCSIS 3.1 network technology sends data at gigabit speeds over existing connections, it can work where fiber-to-the-home service is impractical. It doesn’t require specialized installations or new construction. Once the network is in place, the consumer can activate the service just by connecting a new modem or enrolling in a new plan.

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