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Fiber Optic Internet: Comcast offers symmetrical 2 Gbps in the US

Comcast will be offering customers in the USA a fiber optic connection from May that will achieve symmetrical transmission rates of 2 Gbit / s. The product called Gigabit Pro will initially reach 1.5 million households in the metropolitan area of ​​Atlanta, but should be offered as soon as possible in other cities and regions of the USA.

By the end of the year Comcast plans to reach 18 million households with the new FTTH offer, for which the installation of professional hardware in the house or the apartment is necessary. However, only those areas are eligible that are close to the cable network operator's more than 233,000 kilometers long fiber optic network.

1 Gbit / s via Coax as a second solution

For those households in Comcast's catchment area to which this does not apply, the company is planning a new cable Internet service, which is expected to reach almost all Comcast customers, from the beginning of 2016. With the introduction of DOCSIS 3.1, which Comcast is currently testing, transmission rates of 1 Gbit / s are to be achieved via coax cables, which in all probability only applies to downloads - when uploading, this would already correspond to the upper limit of the specification.

The biggest competitor for Comcast's fiber optic offer could be Google. The search engine giant also offers fiber optic connections under the name Google Fiber, which with symmetrical 1 Gbit / s are currently only half as fast as Gigabit Pro.

The new connections will also place high demands on the network infrastructure, especially if you want to use the Internet wirelessly. Without a fast router with the latest WLAN technology, the high data rates can hardly be used meaningfully. Comcast's currently fastest gateway supports WLAN transmission rates of up to 700 Mbit / s, but faster devices are already in sight. AVM recently presented a new generation of routers at CeBIT, which supports the Wave 2 development stage of the WLAN-ac standard with 4 × 4 multi-user MIMO technology and is available in 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency range achieved gross data rates of up to 2.5 gigabits per second.

While Germany is making slow progress with the expansion of high-speed internet and customers can hope for at best 200 Mbit / s, South Korea is even further ahead than in the USA. The communications provider SK Broadband, like Google, is planning to introduce fiber optic connections with transfer rates of up to 10 Gbit / s.

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