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Comcast announced the world’s first live, multigigabit symmetrical Internet connection powered by 10G and full duplex DOCSIS 4.0 – the technology behind cable modems.
The connection to one business in the Philadelphia area is the start of a planned 10G network rollout in 2023. The goal is to eventually deliver 10 gigabit per second Internet service for both downloading and uploading data. This is the kind of technology we need to help the metaverse live up to its promise.
Comcast said 10G technology will revolutionize the availability of ultrafast speeds by delivering symmetric multigigabit services over the connections already installed in hundreds of millions of homes worldwide, without digging up yards or installing new connections.
For the world’s first live trial, Comcast connected a Philadelphia-area business location to its live network, including a DOCSIS 4.0-enabled 10G node and multiple cable modems to deliver high-speed data service to the site.
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Comcast engineers tested symmetrical speeds across the connection and will continue to trial 10G technologies over the next few months in preparation for offering 10G-enabled services to customers in the second half of 2023.
“This trial combines years of technology innovation and versatility to create a clear path to next-generation speed, reliability and performance for all homes in our footprint, not just a select few,” said Charlie Herrin, Comcast president of technology, product and experience Cable, in a statement. “What excites us most about 10G technology is the ability to continue our longstanding commitment to deliver our best technologies to everyone we serve.”
This trial is the result of advancements in 10G technology that Comcast has made over the past 24 months, including several world news. The most recent occurred in September, when the organization completed a successful 10G booster test.
At the same time, the company announced the start of a nationwide rollout of multi-gig Internet speeds – which will reach more than 50 million homes and businesses by the end of 2025 – making it the largest and fastest multi-gig deployment ever in the US.
“We started this year with the announcement of our world’s first test of 10G modem technology capable of delivering multi-gig speeds to homes, and as of today, 10G is a reality with the potential to transform and evolve the Internet as we know it it,” Elad Nafshi, chief network officer at Comcast Cable, said in a statement. “It’s been an incredible year of progress, and we look forward to continuing to refine and harden our 10G technology as we work to make this service – and all of its incredible benefits – available to all customers for years to come.”
The 10G evolution will drive significant improvements in latency performance, delivering even better experiences with latency-sensitive applications such as gaming, video conferencing and telehealth, while unlocking the potential for a new generation of ultra-low latency connected experiences.
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