Unveiling the New Gigabit Modem

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By Tony Werner, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer in Corporate News

Today, Brian Roberts previewed the powerful, multi-purpose device that will make gigabit Internet speeds available to an overwhelming majority of our customers.

Developed by our teams here in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley, the DOCSIS 3.1 modem goes into production this year and will be available to customers in early 2016.

When combined with a DOCSIS 3.1-enabled network, the Gigabit Home Gateway is capable of delivering speeds greater than 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps).

Because it works with our Hybrid Fiber Coaxial network already in place, the Gigabit Home Gateway will be able to deliver gigabit speeds to virtually all Xfinity customers once the DOCSIS 3.1 networking standard is deployed nationally.

To support near-term deployment, the Gigabit router is also fully backward compatible with the DOCSIS 3.0 networking standard that is in place today.

In addition to providing the fastest speeds ever made available to consumers over a hybrid fiber coax network, the Gigabit Home Gateway will also offer features we’ve never before combined in a single device.

The device features a Wi-Fi router capable of delivering gigabit wireless speeds, IP video technology and integrated home automation and security capabilities.

The Gigabit Home Gateway will be the company’s first product to integrate software that Comcast acquired in its 2014 purchase of PowerCloud.

PowerCloud technology will provide users with the direct ability to control and monitor the activities and devices using their home network.

It also uses open-sourced RDK B software, architected by Comcast with contributions from many in the RDK community, which will help us introduce new features faster and address issues more efficiently; similar to what has been done with X1.

We’ll share more details about the Gigabit Home Gateway so stay tuned.

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