Comcast Begins Rollout Of Residential 2 Gig Service In Houston
Gigabit Pro available to more than 1.5 million customers across parts of the Greater Houston Area. Immediate availability of new 250 Mbps Internet Service Tier also introduced.
Comcast today announced it will roll out its new residential multi-gigabit broadband service to more than 1.5 million homes starting this summer. Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution and offered to customers throughout Comcast’s footprint in Houston.
In addition, Comcast is launching Extreme 250, a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier for Houston area customers with immediate availability.
"Our Texas customers are technology enthusiasts, so I’m delighted to offer them the opportunity to do even more online, across multiple devices with our new Extreme 250 Internet tier and Gigabit Pro," said Ralph Martinez, Senior Vice President of Comcast Cable’s Houston Region. "We will also continue to look for opportunities to increase speeds, providing a wide range of options that meet customer needs."
Gigabit Pro will be available to homes within close proximity of Comcast’s fiber network and will require installation of professional-grade equipment. The company has fiber at the core of its network and, for the past decade, it has invested billions of dollars to extend that fiber deeper into neighborhoods and closer to homes. To date, Comcast has built out more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across its service area, including throughout Greater Houston, to serve residential communities with a fiber to the home solution.
"Texas has been ranked as the best state to do business in for the last 11 years and continues to be at the forefront of job creation," said Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). "The deployment of even faster Internet speeds, and other innovative technologies, will continue to fuel job growth and bring unlimited opportunity not only for the Houston-Galveston area, but all of Texas."
Comcast has made significant investments in its network throughout the Greater Houston area over the years, doubling the capacity of its network every 18 months. Additionally, the company has been delivering multi-gig (up to 10 Gbps) Ethernet service to businesses in Houston since 2011.
Comcast is currently testing DOCSIS 3.1, a scalable, national, next generation 1 Gbps technology solution with plans to begin rolling it out in early 2016. When fully deployed, it will mean almost every customer in Comcast’s national footprint will be able to receive gigabit speeds over the existing network (a combination of both fiber and coax). For more information, please see http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/imagine-where-2-gigabit-speeds-will-take-you
Comcast has announced Gigabit Pro rollouts in Atlanta, California, Chattanooga, Chicago, Florida and Nashville and plans to roll out to more cities throughout the year.