Today, Comcast announced the company has hit a new “distributed architecture milestone” by connecting over 100,000 rPHY digital nodes nationwide. Over 15 million homes and businesses across 55 markets are now connected with increased speeds via Comcast. These new nodes will help Comcast offer improved internet service with faster speeds.
Comcast began launching rPHY nodes in 2019 and amassed 50,000 nodes by 2022. These upgrades are part of the company’s rollout of Full-Duplex DOCSIS 4.0, expected to reach consumers during the last quarter of 2023.
“Thanks to our years-long innovation and leadership in virtualization technology, we are well positioned to deliver multigigabit symmetrical speeds to the most people at the fastest pace starting by the end of 2023,” Comcast said in an announcement posted earlier today.
Comcast activated the world’s first virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) which uses Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 back in 2021 and has continued to upgrade this Emmy Award-winning technology throughout its network to increase capacity, improve reliability, visibility, and enhance security measures.
“But what’s more exciting about our continued commitment to deploying network innovation, as evidenced by the digital nodes across our network, is the immediate benefits it delivers to our Xfinity 10G Network customers with respect to speed, reliability, sustainability, and scalability,” said Elad Nafshi, Executive Vice President & Chief Network Officer at Comcast Cable.
The Xfinity 10G Network went live this past February. Comcast has been developing the 10G technology for several years to increase multigigabit symmetrical speeds along with better security.
Comcast has spent over $20 billion within the past five years to develop the infrastructure to support and expand this network. The 10G Network is low latency and also boasts increased speeds with a more reliable connection. The company is also expected to release a battery-powered WiFi device that includes cellular backup so customers won’t lose connections if the power goes out or there’s a network issue.
Check back with Cord Cutters News as Comcast continues to announce updates on the company’s innovative measures through the remainder of this year.