Comcast begins national rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways

Comcast's latest X1 platform hardware, with the new xFi Advanced Gateway at the far right.

Comcast has commenced the national deployment of its xFi Advanced Gateway, leasing the DOCSIS 3.1-capable device in the nearly 75% of its footprint for which it has already deployed DOCSIS 3.1 services.

Comcast will lease the device, formerly known as the XB6, for $10 a month—comparable to what it charges for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways.

The xFi gateway will support xFi, the cloud-based Wi-Fi management system Comcast rolled out earlier this year. 

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Comcast engineered the device. But as Multichannel News reported earlier, has commissioned two vendors to create separate versions: Arris will build one using Intel silicone, while Technicolor will manufacture another using Broadcom chips. 

The new gateway will  have a 160 MHz-capable 8x8 Wi-Fi antenna array, Mu-MiMo (Multi-user, Multi-input, Multi-output) technology, and a combination of specialized IoT radios.

“Starting with the basics, the xFi Advanced Gateway is designed to support Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi,” said Fraser Stirling, senior VP of devices and AI systems for Comcast, in a statement. “While there are currently no mass-market Wi-Fi connected devices capable of receiving Gig speeds over Wi-Fi, those devices are coming. In the meantime, the power of the xFi Advanced Gateway delivers ultimate performance to your connected home.”