North American operator Comcast plans to roll out 2 Gbps bandwidth to 34 cities across the United States by the end of this year and will expand its coverage to more than 50 million by the end of 2025 households, making it the largest and fastest multi-gigabit Internet deployment in U.S. history.
As part of this plan, Comcast is accelerating the transition of its network to 10G and DOCSIS 4.0 cloud virtualization architectures, and Comcast will begin offering 10G-enabled multi-gigabit symmetric services in 2023.
In the latest press release, the company announced that it has begun rolling out 2Gbps plans over its broadband network in Colorado Springs, CO; Augusta, Georgia; Panama City Beach, Florida; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Comcast says users in these cities can already enjoy upload speeds that are five to 10 times faster than current broadband. Upload speeds up to 200Mbps. In addition, Comcast intends to upgrade its upload speed to a higher rate next year, which will bring download and upload peer-to-peer 2000Mbps network speeds, which is a Gigabit 2x service.
According to reports, although the optical fiber network is expected to achieve upload and download symmetry, cable TV has fallen behind in this regard. With DOCSIS 4.0 (a high-bandwidth broadband standard that allows up to 10Gbps download and 6Gbps upload), ISPs such as Comcast can achieve symmetrical upstream and downstream connections over data lines.