Comcast rolls out 105 Mbps Internet tier as OTT delivery gains speed

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is leveraging its DOCSIS 3.0 technology, making a 105 Mbps high-speed Internet tier available to more than 40 million homes in a handful of major markets.

The MSO said its ultra-fast Xfinity tier, Extreme 105, gives users 105 Mbps downloads and 10 Mbps upload speeds. It will be available in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston, among others.

The speed gives customers the ability to download a hi-def movie in about 5 minutes, and helps position the cable operator-the largest in the United States-and its Xfinity TV Everywhere play, for a much more aggressive push.

"This speed tier continues to expand our portfolio of Internet service offerings and takes them up to a whole new level," said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Data Services Cathy Avgiris. "With it, we're powering the digital home of the future, where entire families using multiple devices - laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones - can all take advantage of high-bandwidth applications simultaneously ensuring they each have a great online experience."

Comcast is pricing the tier at $105 per month for 12 months as part of a triple-play bundle. The service includes a wireless home networking gateway that turns an entire house into its own WiFi hotspot. Extreme 105 is available on a standalone basis as well.

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