Comcast Debuts First Modem With Support For Next-Gen Internet Service and Wi-Fi 7





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Comcast unveiled the first gateway, which acts as a modem and router, that supports both its next-generation internet service, called DOCSIS 4.0, and Wi-Fi 7.

The gateway, called the XB10, was shown off at Comcast’s Converge event earlier this week, according to Light Reading.

DOCSIS 4.0 is the newest standard in cable that utilizes technical tricks and some fiber to greatly boost the speeds of its coaxial cable, making them more competitive with the full fiber-optic networks that more internet service providers are utilizing. The company launched the service in select neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Atlanta in November, and more markets are expected to go online this year.

The service currently uses a standalone DOCSIS 4.0 modem that has Wi-Fi 6E. The XB10 gateway has more capabilities beyond a simple modem, including connecting multiple networks.

By combining the bandwidth provided by a DOCSIS 4.0 connection in the network and faster wireless speeds from Wi-Fi 7 in the home, the XB10 would greatly enhance the experience for consumers. The service would bring both higher speeds, the ability to handle more devices, and lower lag time for activities like Fortnite or 4K streaming.

“By merging next-generation technologies like WiFi 7, DOCSIS 4.0 and AI into one device, the XB10 will put Xfinity customers in the best position to take advantage of new advances in smart home technology while simultaneously streaming movies and shows in 4K, playing interactive video games, making video calls, and enjoying augmented and virtual reality,” a Comcast spokesperson told Cord Cutters News via email.

The announcement underscores how Comcast is trying to keep up with the increasing demand for high-speed internet and data consumption. During the event, Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable, said that five years ago the company’s average customer used about 200 GB per month, the top 10% used 700 GB, and the top one percent used double that, or just over 1 TB.

“The top 10% of users [now] look like the top 1% did,” Watson said, according to Light Reading. “Today’s super user is tomorrow’s mainstream.”

The new modem, referred to as XB10, also includes a new DOCSIS chipset from tech company Broadcom. The new chipset supports the standard’s Full Duplex (FDX) and Extended Spectrum (ESD). Comcast plans to focus on FDX, which can provide the same download and upload multi-gigabit speeds.

According to the report, Comcast says the modem’s Wi-Fi 7 can simultaneously connect 300 devices simultaneously with the help of three radios — each with the capacity to connect 100 devices.

The XB10 is set to launch later this year. Comcast said it’s not disclosing the manufacturer at this time. Pricing will be announced at launch and is expected to be similar to the price of other modems.

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