A couple weeks ago we spoke of Comcast offering 2 Gigabit connections to areas in Florida but now the company is aiming for something faster, MUCH faster – 10 Gigabits to the home!
During the company’s earnings call yesterday, executives at Comcast said they would begin testing notably faster cable speed later this year. They went on to state that Comcast would be testing DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades in several markets and that the upgrades would provide “tremendous capacity” for future speed increases.
“DOCSIS 3.1 is a quantum lead forward, we believe and not just a linear step”, CEO Brian Roberts said during the call.
While going from DOCSIS 3.0 to 3.1 may not seem like a huge leap, it is. DOCSIS 3.0 standards is capable of only 1.2 Gbps download while DOCSIS 3.1 is capable of up to 10 Gbps download and 1 Gps upload. Testing for Comcast begins this year. I wouldn’t expect the faster speeds to hit the market for at least another couple of years.