July 25, 2012
Internet Speeds Doubled By Comcast, Countering Verizon’s Recent Upgrades
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
After Verizon rolled out its new FiOS Quantum service last month with download speeds of up to 300Mbps, it was expected that Comcast would quickly follow up with a similar speed bump of its own. And, on Tuesday, the company made it official.
Comcast CEO Neil Smit mentioned the new tier in an internal video stream recently, though no specifics on upload speeds were revealed at the time. Also not mentioned were pricing details or exact launch date.
On Tuesday, Comcast announced a doubling of connection speeds for two existing internet tiers at no additional cost in certain markets, writes Chloe Albanesius for PC Mag. Subscribers to the 25Mbps Xfinity Blast plan will now see speeds up to 50 Mbps. Those with Xfinity Extreme, meanwhile, will get a bump from 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps.
A new tier for those who just cannot stand the wait was announced for those in some Northeast markets, dubbed Xfinity Platinum Internet which will offer download speeds of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps, reports Alex Sherman of Bloomberg News.
“More customers are simultaneously connecting to the internet through tablets, laptops and smartphones within their homes. Whether it´s to stream movies, upload photos, video chat with family and friends, or catch all of the Olympics action live on their tablets and connected devices, we want to ensure these consumers are getting the speeds they need,” said Cathy Avgiris, executive vice president and general manager of data and communications services at Comcast, in a statement.
“We will continue to increase speeds as customer demands evolve. Comcast is committed to providing our customers with even more choices to get the best, fastest and most reliable experience possible. The speed also helps when households have lots of digital devices sharing the same internet connection,” Avgiris concluded.