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Which Comcast Markets Will See DOCSIS 3.0 Upgrades?
One employee claims speedtest site hints at upcoming markets....
by Karl Bode 11:39AM Tuesday Oct 21 2008
Yesterday we reported that Comcast is getting very close to expanding DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades into a handful of new markets, in order to meet their goal of having 20% of their footprint upgraded by year's end. In addition to launching new 22Mbps/5Mbps ($63) and 50Mbps/10Mbps ($140) DOCSIS 3.0 tiers, they're also doubling the speed of their Performance and Performance Plus tiers. The new 22 and 50Mbps tiers will need new DOC 3.0 modems, and all but the 50Mbps tier will still see a kick from Comcast's Powerboost technology.

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But which markets get first crack at the juicy new speeds? Another Comcast insider points us to this backbone website Comcast uses for DOCSIS 3.0 testing.

"This was updated recently with a list of cities -- and surrounding areas -- that can expect to see the new tiers soon," says the source, who places great emphasis on the word "soon." On the list: San Jose, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Naples, Boston and Atlanta.

I spoke with Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas, who says the cities listed are simply speed test locations and may not be the real launch cities for Comcast's 2008 DOCSIS 3.0 goal. So which markets are ready to go live? Comcast so far isn't saying. How soon is "soon"? At least one source insists that several could be upgraded by the end of next week. October 30 seems to be a date that comes up consistently in conversations with employees.

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A little context, FWIW

The URL listed is for a Speed Test site used by our technicians. They go to that URL and can jump off to the closest regional datacenter to their market in order to run a speed test (many local services are distributed down to these regional sites). As we are rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 speeds nationwide from 2008 - 2010, we located a speed test server in each one of those regional sites and labeled them as such. There is not a correlation between the regional sites (since we're in each of them) and the markets that we'll be launching in 2008.

Also, the fact that there is a special speed test for DOCSIS 3.0, is simply a reflection of our testing that special speed tests were needed when a customer has such a great amount of bandwidth. I would venture that the many public speed test sites may end up bandwidth constrained due to the bandwidth they purchase being limited (ex: how many simultaneous 50Mbps tests could be performed at the same time, as compared to 10Mbps tests).


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