Comcast’s symmetrical multi-gigabit internet test previews next year’s ’10G’ rollout

Comcast announced in a press release that it has successfully tested a symmetrical multi-gigabit DOCSIS 4.0 connection on its live network, taking a major step toward “offering 10G-compatible services” in the second half of 2023.

In Philadelphia, where Comcast is headquartered, it connected the service at an undisclosed corporate location using multiple cable modems and a DOCSIS 4.0-enabled 10G node. If you’re wondering what 10G means, the answer is: more than 5G. As we noted in 2019, the cable industry rolled out its marketing term just in time to have something that’s twice the G’s of 5G wireless.

DOCSIS 4.0 technology should enable download speeds of up to 10 Gbps with 6 Gbps uploads, and Comcast said a January lab test achieved speeds of more than 4 Gbps in both directions.

It also potentially offers Comcast another way to monetize existing subscribers, which would align with Comcast’s new plan to increase revenue despite customer growth that has stalled in recent quarters. Comcast has already announced to customers that it will increase its cable and internet prices this month, with the average rising 3.8 percent nationwide. A To forget The writer’s bill shows a $3 increase for internet and a TV subscription that will be more than $7 more expensive next month.

Earlier this year, Comcast announced it was working to roll out multi-gig internet speeds to more than 50 million homes and businesses in the U.S. by the end of 2025. The company planned to roll out 2Gbps speeds in 34 cities by the end of this month. and has also caused a slight increase in download speed on the Internet service in many areas.

The advantage of 10G technology is that it should make multi-gig speeds available for both downloads and uploads (currently Comcast’s gigabit plans include upload speeds as low as 200 Mbps), much like fiber-optic Internet connections. However, for anyone considering an upgrade, we should note that you will probably still need a new cable modem.

Ideally, this will increase speed for people in places where fiber is not available, especially non-urban areas. And in places where there’s competition, it measures up better than rivals that provide fiber services, such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Frontier Communications, which already offer symmetric multi-gigabit connections to some customers.

“We kicked off this year by announcing our first world trial of 10G modem technology capable of delivering multi-gig speeds to homes and starting today 10G is a reality with the potential to revolutionize the internet as we know it. transform and evolve,” said Elad Nafshi, EVP and Chief Network Officer at Comcast Cable. “It has been an incredible year of progress and we look forward to further refining and enhancing our 10G technology as we work to make this service – and all of its incredible benefits – available to all customers in the years to come.”

Disclosure: Comcast is an investor in Vox Media, the parent company of The Verge.

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