Comcast will begin next month offering metro Detroit residents and large cities in the state multi-gigabit broadband service delivering speeds of 2 gigabits per second — nearly 20 times faster than current levels.
“Bringing this new level of ‘fast’ to our customers reflects more than just our commitment to meeting their needs today, but also into the future,” says Tim Collins, senior vice president of Comcast Cable’s heartland region.
Collins says homes close to Comcast’s fiber network can get Gigabit Pro with the installation of professional-grade equipment. Gigabit Pro is delivered via a dedicated line from Comcast’s fiber plant to a commercial-grad box installed in the consumer’s home. Comcast will also install a commercial-grade modem in the home.
Downloading a high-definition movie with the new service takes about 12 seconds and downloading a 30-minute television show takes about two seconds. The new service will also be available to residents in Flint, Lansing, Jackson, and Grand Rapids.
In April, AT&T began offering download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (.075 gigabits per second) for metro Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw residents, along with other cities across Michigan.
In turn, later this year, Detroit-based Rocket Fiber will begin offering speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit per second) for $70 per month for companies and residents in downtown Detroit. The service will expand from there based on demand.