Comcast completes DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade

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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has upgraded all of its cable systems to the DOCSIS 3.0 platform, which could allow the nation's largest MSO to offer cable subscribers Internet access at speeds of 100 Mbps or faster, CFO Michael Angelakis said Thursday.

In addition to being able to offer subscribers wideband Internet services, Comcast and other cable MSOs have been using DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades to launch new HDTV channels and handle larger libraries of video-on-demand programming. The MSO has reclaimed analog channels on systems that it has upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, and deployed digital terminal adapters that allow subscribers to access digital video on TVs that previously didn't require a set-top to view encrypted programming.

While Comcast and other MSOs haven't yet seen significant demand for wideband Internet services from cable modem customers, the DOCSIS 3.0 platform will allow it to market faster speeds to commercial customers.

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