Comcast's DOCSIS 3.0 Rollout Hits 34 Million Homes

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Denver — Comcast now reaches 34 million DOCSIS 3.0-enabled homes, nine months after the operator kicked off the “wideband” buildout, John Schanz, executive VP of national engineering and technical operations, said in his opening-session remarks here at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

By DOCSIS 3.0-enabled, “we mean it’s a matter of turning it on,” he said. “The RF channels are enabled, the CMTS is in place and the [customer premises equipment] is ready.”

In addition, Comcast has 47 million triple-play homes nabled today, “and we don’t have to go dig up their yard,” Schanz said.

Separately, Comcast on Wednesday announced the launch of DOCSIS 3.0 in 83 cities and communities in central California.

Nationwide Comcast is aiming to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 to 40 million of homes in its footprint, nearly 80% of those passed in its service areas, by the end of this year, with full coverage by 2010.

Internet Protocol technology is now basically as widespread as fresh water, Schanz said.

“You can laugh,” he said, but “there’s nothing on the Earth as ubiquitous now as air, water and IP.”

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