“A top Comcast executive said the company is hoping to upgrade its entire cable network footprint with DOCSIS 3.1 technology within the next two years. The company plans to begin market trials of the technology, which can support maximum speeds of 10 Gpbs, later this year,” Mike Dano reports for FierceCable. “‘We’re testing it this year,’ Robert Howald, Comcast’s VP of network architecture, told FierceCable. ‘Our intent is to scale it through our footprint through 2016.'”

“Howald explained that the move from DOCSIS 3 to 3.1 will initially allow Comcast to offer its customers speeds of 1 Gbps,” Dano reports. “‘DOCSIS 3.1 allows us to do that and higher,’ he said.”

“Executives from CableLabs, the company that designed the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, said that the 3.1 standard can transmit data up to 10 Gbps — however, those speeds are only possible with ideal network configurations and equipment. Comcast’s Howald said that after the company’s initial DOCSIS 3.1 deployment, the company will work to tweak and enhance the technology. ‘Then we’ll start to see more advanced features come into play'” he said,” Dano reports. “The company will begin trials of DOCSIS 3.1 in unspecified markets in the fourth quarter of this year… Howald declined to discuss how much Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.1 service would cost.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Snappy, but likely pricey, too.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]