Comcast says it’s “evolving its entire network architecture” (along with its equipment and customer devices) — and it’s not just a multi-gig network. They’re calling it America’s fastest — and its largest. It’s being rolled out “immediately” to millions of homes and business, “combined with up to 5x-to-10x faster upload speeds.”
“Comcast plans on bringing multi-gig internet speeds to 34 cities across the U.S. by the end of this year,” reports the Verge, “and will later expand its reach to more than 50 million households by the end of 2025.”
According to a press release, the company has already started rolling out 2-gig speeds over its broadband network in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Augusta, Georgia; Panama City Beach, Florida; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Customers in these cities will also get to take advantage of upload speeds that Comcast says are five to 10 times faster than what it currently offers. The upload speeds appear to max out at 200Mbps, even with the new Gigabit x2 plan, but Comcast intends to change that. It’s launching multi-gig symmetrical speeds next year, which will enable multi-gig speeds for both downloads and uploads.
“As part of this initiative, Comcast is accelerating the transformation of its network to a virtualized cloud-based architecture that is fully prepared for 10G and DOCSIS 4.0…” explains the press release, “which will deliver multi-gig symmetrical speeds over the connections already installed in tens of millions of homes and businesses.”
The big advantage of digital network technology is “rather than maintaining, updating, and replacing traditional analog network appliances by hand — which can take days or even weeks — Comcast engineers can reliably maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade core network components almost instantly, with a few keystrokes on a laptop or mobile app. This also makes the network much more energy efficient and is an important element of Comcast’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2035.”
Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story said Comcast was offering 2-gigabyte download speeds when it should have said 2-gigabit. We regret the error.