Comcast has launched a trial service of up to 1 gigabit per second internet speeds in the Chicago area, delivered over the company's existing network infrastructure.
With speeds this fast, customers can download a 5 GB movie in 40 seconds, a 150 MB music album in two seconds, or a 15 GB game in two minutes.
"We're delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area," Comcast Greater Chicago Region senior vice president John Crowley said. "Our commitment to providing customers with a great experience is front and center with this announcement, and we're proud that Comcast's Chicago area customers will be among the first in the world to have access to this new gigabit technology."
The consumer introduction of DOCSIS 3.1 is a major step forward in the world of ultra-high-speed broadband. Once the service is widely available, those owning gigabit-capable devices can sign up for a new plan that delivers that speed.
"Comcast's investments in our technology infrastructure have helped to advance and evolve our economy, and I applaud their commitment to the technology ecosystem," Illinois Technology Association CEO Fred Hoch, said. "DOCSIS 3.1 is a significant step forward in internet technology."
Comcast unveiled the service in Atlanta and Nashville in the first half of the year, with Chicago, Detroit and Miami to follow. Last December, Comcast had successfully installed its first DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philadelphia. The modem also was tested in several Chicago-area locations to ensure the best experience before launching the service regionally.