During a recent earnings call, Comcast executives announced that the company will be testing faster cable broadband streams later this year. The company will be evaluating DOCSIS 3.1 in several unnamed locations, in preparation for deployment some time in 2016. Comcast see this upgrade as adding “tremendous capacity” while “laying the groundwork for future speed increases.”

Even though DOCSIS 3.1 is capable of download speeds of 10 Gbps, Comcast is expected to cap it at 1 Gbps, at least at launch. The company is also promising to offer fiber gigabit to up to 18 million households by the end of 2015, charging $300 per month, with a $1000 installation fee. Taken together, these two upgrades position Comcast well in keeping up with the broadband speeds of tomorrow, and beyond.

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