Comcast Planning Nationwide Gigabit Internet by 2018

comcast1Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald recently told FierceCable that the company plans to offer gigabit Internet to all of its customers by 2018.

Comcast was already found to be the fastest nationwide ISP in the United States, according to SpeedTest.net. In the not-too-distant future, things will be getting even faster.

Comcast plans to transition its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. Once the transition is complete, Comcast’s network will handle Internet speeds of at least 1Gbps, and potentially up to 10Gbps.

The rollout of Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.1 is anticipated to begin in early 2016. Comcast has said once fully deployed “every customer in our footprint will be able to receive gigabit speeds over our existing network (a combination of both fiber and coax).”

“We want to get it across the footprint very quickly,” Howald explained. “We’re shooting for two years.”

Once deployed, Comcast’s 300GB data cap will be a thing of the past. Early trials of DOCSIS 3.1 could begin by late 2015.