Comcast Touts Gigabit Internet Rollout

21 October, 2018, 22:22 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • A Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 modem

Residential broadband customers can monitor and manage Wi-Fi-connected devices in their homes via Comcast's Xfinity xFi digital dashboard.

Comcast's gigabit cable service is now available to almost all of the 58 million homes and businesses in the company's U.S. territory, Comcast announced yesterday.

So-called cord cutters, many of whom continue to rely on broadband providers such as Comcast for internet services, have started defecting to video-streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Youtube TV for television programming. And in just two minutes, customers could download a 15 GB game.

New residential customers can get Comcast's gigabit offering for $104.95 per month with no contract, following an introductory offer of $90 per month for one year. "What's partly behind the announcement is reinforcing that now we have one gig deployed across our entire footprint". But the company, which has 24.4 million total home broadband customers, wouldn't say how many people have signed up so far, disclosing only that 75% of all its customers now receive speeds of 100 megabits or higher.

However, a Morgan Stanley survey released on Thursday said that only a tiny fraction of households-3% of cable Internet customers nationwide-have 1 gigabit speeds or higher. Comcast told Ars that its Gigabit Pro service is available to about 18 million homes.

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But 1 GB speeds may gain in popularity in the future.

Comcast said in a statement its ultra-fast Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services are now available to almost all of the company's 58 million homes and businesses passed in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

AT&T is preparing for the launch of 5G by investing in adding backhaul over fiber network, and bringing fiber to area homes and businesses.

Outside the home, Xfinity Internet customers also have access to more than 19 million WiFi hotspots, so they can stay connected on the go at no additional cost. AT&T, for example, says its current wired gigabit Internet service potentially reaches only 10 million homes with a goal of passing 14 million by the end of 2019.

For a period of time, it seemed like Google would usher in the era of gigabit internet service on a widespread scale in the US.

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