Comcast: 160 megabit downloads coming soon

Comcast announced at CES this week that they are going to begin rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 this year. This updated Broadband service is expected to result in massive increases in bandwidth availability for cable modem users.

Comcast's main intent with it is to enable the quick distribution of high-definition video conent to users.

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How many websites and other services can actually make use of these speeds? I can barely find places to take advantage of my 5mb cable connection (or at least that will give you that much bandwidth to use)

The default Blue skin which use to suck monkey nuts, but besides that its great. I use it to upload songs to my ipod.

warwagon said,
The default Blue skin which use to suck monkey nuts, but besides that its great. I use it to upload songs to my ipod.

haha, made me laugh lol... but yeh what are you talking about precisely?

warwagon said,
The default Blue skin which use to suck monkey nuts, but besides that its great. I use it to upload songs to my ipod.

You really should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque

BrainDedd said,
LOL @ Internet faster than a HDD can work :)
And not mentioning the net here in South Africa.

It won't be faster than HDs... Internet speeds are reported as megaBITs per second and HD speeds are reported as megaBYTEs per second...

Basically you would need lines somewhere in the range of 560 megabits per second to strain current generation HDs...

your forgetting something, "Upto: 160Mbit", so you could get 3Mb and still get ripped off like usual... all advertising I bet

See, I think both Blu-ray and HD DVD will be replaced by internet. It's the real next gen format, by the time both format are cheap enough, the internet speed will be able to cope with Full HD and large hhd will be more common too.

I agree. Seagate said the winner between HD DVD and Blu-Ray is the Hard Drive and I agree. I like the idea of going online to say a Netflix or Blockbuster type service, selecting the movies I would like to watch in HD, then have them transfered to my Media Center (or other device) during the day so I could watch them later.

icec said,
Mmmmm, snake oil...

Not at all. If cable companies want to stay in the game and compete with FIOS, this is their golden ticket.

blackice912 said,

Not at all. If cable companies want to stay in the game and compete with FIOS, this is their golden ticket.

Charter won't be able to compete at all. They can't even bill properly. I get a late notice every month about 3 days after I get my bill, then the jerks start calling me a few days after that. Geez, let the damned payment get to your office first!

Im still waiting for my OC768 to be installed....

I mean how long does a person have to wait for 39813.12 Mbit/s ??

Too bad that 160 megabits will get divided up between you and your neighbors :/... At least that's how Comcast does it around here.

Matija. said,
Too bad that 160 megabits will get divided up between you and your neighbors :/... At least that's how Comcast does it around here.

True, but that's how the technology works. What will probably happen is Comcast *may* offer speed tiers in the 80 to 100Mbps some time in the next year or so, but it will be like it is right now: Congestion will slow it down.

To be honest, most internet users are average users and not eating up the downstream. Even if there are a few bandwidth hogs, whatever they are doing will probably be done really fast with that kind of speed. I predict that with DOCSIS 3 and the amount of bandwidth that will be opened up, congestion will become less common.

But we won't really know the outcome until it happens, won't we? All that can be done right now is assume.

blackice912 said,

True, but that's how the technology works. What will probably happen is Comcast *may* offer speed tiers in the 80 to 100Mbps some time in the next year or so, but it will be like it is right now: Congestion will slow it down.

To be honest, most internet users are average users and not eating up the downstream. Even if there are a few bandwidth hogs, whatever they are doing will probably be done really fast with that kind of speed. I predict that with DOCSIS 3 and the amount of bandwidth that will be opened up, congestion will become less common.

But we won't really know the outcome until it happens, won't we? All that can be done right now is assume.

There is a project management law (I forget the name) that states that no matter how much time is given to a task, the task will end up taking that much time. Ie, if a 2 day task is given 5 days to complete, it will take 5 days. This also is true in computers. Whether it is RAM or CPU power or HardDrive space, it always isn't enough as your needs and uses will expand to meet whatever is the limit. The same will hold true for network bandwidth.

With as much money as the cable companies have raped their customers over the years with high prices, I am waiting for them to give me my symmetrical 1gbps fiberoptic cable.

What a joke, they can barely get the 20 channels of HD streaming smoothly in my area. Lets fill the rest of the line with cable modem traffic :mad:

Budious said,
What a joke, they can barely get the 20 channels of HD streaming smoothly in my area. Lets fill the rest of the line with cable modem traffic :mad:

Not exactly. Read up on Switched Digital Video.

Well none the less, despite the method used, it's still not working up to par. Guess I'll have them bring out a third HD-DVR box to see if that fixes the problem.

I cant wait to see when cablevision does this. Here they already have a docsis 2.0 package thats 38/5(they max out the docsis 2 spec) and that allows web and email servers(they actually open up the ports and tell you you can run servers).

They will prob roll it out for boost customers first.

The problem is that there are no cablemodems that are certified yet.

Cablevision's Optimum Online Boost subscriber here too. Ecstatically happy with my service. If Comcast is planning to do this, then Cablevision will definitely do it first too.

aniv said,
So it means....Comcast will pull the plug faster than usual? :laugh:

Exactly they will lure more torrent users in w/ massive bandwidth and just when they have them salivating over 160 Mb/sec speeds - they cancel their account for "excessive bandwidth usage" -- Gee thanks Comcast

aniv said,
So it means....Comcast will pull the plug faster than usual? :laugh:

Yeah, no ****. Why the **** does it matter? Comcast could offer 1000 GB/s, and their service would still suck.

Shadrack said,

Yeah, no ****. Why the **** does it matter? Comcast could offer 1000 GB/s, and their service would still suck.

Depends on what market/neighborhood you're in. I've lived in two different Comcast areas and it's been nothing but fast speeds and reliable service.

TEX4S said,

Exactly they will lure more torrent users in w/ massive bandwidth and just when they have them salivating over 160 Mb/sec speeds - they cancel their account for "excessive bandwidth usage" -- Gee thanks Comcast

i agree i can just see that happening now! lol.... cause they give u all this immense speed but when u go off with downloading stuff then they b*tch about it.

screw comcast there overpriced anyways ... ill stick to AT&T DSL.

i just want tw to stop capping my internet to my box at theplanet. their 10mb speed is a ****ing joke when they cap my **** to 40k/s.

brandnewfantx said,
Yeah... Sure hope TWC does 160 tooo

I don't. It's all they can do to provide their customers with uninterupted service through their 10 and 15mbit lines, depending on where you live.

If they do, I sure as hell hope they upgrade to fiberoptic. I have a hard time visioning people paying money for a 160mbit line, but only getting 5mbits out of it, and getting disconnected every 2 minutes.

brent3000 said,
im only running on 10mbit cable... with 256kbs upload...


and i can only dl 40gb a month.... AUS is so restrictive...

same, but restricted to 12 (yes 12!!!!) gb a month, be glad you don't live in belgium where there is only one cable company ripping everyone off