Comcast recently announced that they will be offering residential 1Gbps services in Utah by early 2017. The company will deliver the high-speed Internet over their hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) or cable network using DOCSIS 3.1 technology. With DOCSIS 3.1, Comcast and other providers with HFC networks in the local loop can upgrade service to higher bandwidth without upgrading the network.
“Comcast continues to play a crucial role in Utah’s development as a high-tech community,” said Richard Nelson, President & CEO of the Utah Technology Council. “We thank Comcast for choosing to bring this exciting new broadband technology here, and for their belief in our high-growth market.”
Over the past 13 years, Comcast has increased its Internet access speed in Utah by 15 times.
Comcast currently offers Gigabit Pro, a 2Gbps services delivered over optical fiber. Unfortunately, Gigabit Pro requires slow incremental deployments of fiber optic infrastructure in niche markets throughout the country. So far Comcast is offering Gigabit Pro services in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and California.
The rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 based 1Gbps service allow customers who already have HFC (cable) in their homes to enjoy higher speed access without having to wait for fiber to reach their communities.
Since the rollout of 1Gbps services by Google Fiber in Kansas, many residential 1Gbps (or higher) services from different providers have mushroomed in communities throughout the USA using a combination of fiber, twisted pair copper based DSL and coaxial copper cable based DOCSIS. Ironically, Google has halted expansion of its 1Gbps fiber deployments but other service providers continue expanding their higher speed access solutions unabated.
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