On Tuesday, Comcast announced its plan to roll out its DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit service in 5 major US cities.
Residential and corporate customers in Atlanta and Nashville will be the first to receive the "world's first DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service" in early 2016, according to Comcast. The company installed its first DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philadelphia last month, followed by the installation of another modem in Atlanta just days later. Oddly, Philadelphia is not included in the 2016 rollout announcement but is expected to continue as a trial location for the service. Other trial locations include Northern California and Atlanta.
"We're constantly working to ensure that our customers get the fastest speeds available, and that they get them first," said Comcast Central Division President, Bill Connors on the announcement. "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 ultra-fast speeds available to the most homes in our service areas." Comcast did not reveal specific launch dates for the gigabit service in these five cities, but said, "Once Comcast's rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 is complete in a market, customers with gigabit-capable devices will be able to get the service by signing up for a new plan and just plugging in a new modem." Comcast also offers a fiber-based 2-gigabit service called Gigabit Pro in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Nashville, and several other markets.
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