Comcast to bump majority of network to faster minimum download and upload speeds

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Some Comcast broadband subscribers ought to notice a significant speed bump in the coming months, as CFO Mike Angelakis announced on a recent earnings call that the company would have 65% of its data network upgraded to the DOCSIS 3.0 standard by year’s end.

That means a minimum of 12 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speeds automatically. Customers that currently subscribe to higher-tier broadband plans will be bumped up to 16 Mbps downloads and 2 Mbps uploads. New tiers will also be added, according to GigaOM:

“New tiers offered with the fatter pipes will include 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed for $139.95 a month, as well as 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed for $62.95 a month.”

That 22 Mbps plan doesn’t seem too outrageous, I guess. Apparently Comcast has already upgraded about 30% of its network. I think I may have gotten it here in Boston already, as any speedtests I do always seem to peg it at above 12 Mbps.

Other than that, it’s not clear which markets will be getting the upgrades (or when) but you’ll probably be able to tell when you get blasted in the face with speed-air like the lady in the above photo. That shit looks scary, especially if you’re not expecting it.

[via GigaOM]

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