Comcast this week increased the speeds of what it says are its most popular Internet tiers – Blast! and Performance Pro – for new and existing customers in its Northeast division.
The free speed upgrade sees the max downstream of Blast! rising from 150 Mbps to 200 Mbps, while Performance Pro rises from 75 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Comcast said it started to roll out the faster speeds on October 18, noting that customers need to re-start their modems to get them, and that it is notifying customers who might need a new modem to get the increased speeds. Customers who lease modems from Comcast can get upgraded modems at no additional charge, the company said.
The latest speed boost is for systems Comcast serves in 14 northeastern states from main through Virginia and Washington, D.C., and follows a similar speed bump the MSO brought to California in March.
“As customer demands and technology evolve, we continue to increase our broadband speeds to deliver the fastest and most reliable Internet experiences possible, both inside and outside of the home,” said Kevin Casey, president of Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division. “We’re always looking for new ways to meet and exceed customer expectations, and have built a state-of-the-art network capable of continuing to deliver best-in-class speed and capability as the Internet world progresses.”
Comcast is also testing 1-Gig services using DOCSIS 3.1 in Nashville, Chicago and Atlanta, with Detroit and Miami on deck.
At the recent SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, engineering execs said D3.1 was performing as advertised so far.