July 23, 2012
Coming Soon From Comcast, 305Mbps Internet Service
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Verizon rolled out its new FiOS Quantum service last month, offering customers download speeds of up to 300Mbps, but its rival is not idling patiently by. Comcast may have a response waiting in the wings, reports Bryan Bishop for The Verge.According to trade journal Broadcast Reports, Philadelphia-based Comcast plans to introduce a new high-tier package boasting download speeds of up to 305Mbps – and they´ll be targeting FiOS markets specifically with the new service. It also doesn´t come with any sort of cap, writes Stacey Higginbotham for GigaOm, which makes that 5 Mbps extra speed bump less of a competitive edge for Comcast.
Comcast CEO Neil Smit mentioned the new tier in an internal video stream, though no specifics on upload speeds were revealed at the time. Also not mentioned were pricing details or exact launch date.
Offering a 305Mbps downstream service however is clearly a move to avoid being outdone by Verizon, which recently announced a 300Mbps plan for $205 per month. “Comcast wants to keep pace on the PR front, [with] Smit making sure employees knew they´ll offer 305 Mbps just to make sure they one-up Verizon,” wrote Broadband Reports.
This should be great news for consumers and appeal to a very different audience, reports Bishop. Verizon´s deal to acquire wireless spectrum from SpectrumCo, a consortium that counts Comcast amongst its members, has drawn considerable attention from government regulators due to fears that the involved parties cross-selling each other´s services could lead to decreased competition in the marketplace.
That deal is reportedly stalled at the behest of the Department of Justice at the moment, but Comcast and Verizon continuing to battle it out in the broadband marketplace would certainly put some of those fears to rest.