Comcast has revealed its plans to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 that will allow connection speeds up to 160Mbps down and 120Mbps up.
Even though Comcast isn’t saying where it’ll fall, markets where there’s FiOS are probably going to continue having all of the fat pipe fortuneâ€”competition is good for people in those areas, bad for the rest of us. Now for the real bad news:
The upstream magicâ€”where cable is so sorely gimped right nowâ€”is going to remain hobbly, at least at first. And it’s not ’cause Comcast is incompetent (for a change). As “a reflection of the status of upstream channel bonding technology” we won’t see upstream on steroids until deep into 2008 or even 2009. Consequently, while downstream’s getting a Rosie O’ Donnell plumping with initial offerings in the 20-50Mbps rangeâ€”what Verizon’s offering nowâ€”upstream speeds still aren’t going to stack up, dulling the competitive edge DOCSIS 3.0 was supposed to bring against fiber.
I don’t know about you but I would LOVE a 160Mbps connection.