Comcast Has ‘Plenty of Broadband Capacity,’ Reserves the Right to Acquire Others | Stop the Cap! | Internet |

Comcast has plenty of available bandwidth to indefinitely expand its High Speed Internet services at speeds up to 3Gbps and believes it has won the legal right to grow its cable business as large as it likes.


Comcast executives admitted Wednesday they have more than enough network capacity to meet the demands of customers, both now and well into the future.


“With regard to usage and capacity, we feel the network is flexible and has plenty of opportunity to grow in capacity,” said Neil Smit, president and CEO of Comcast Cable Communications. Smit was responding to a Wall Street analyst asking about future capacity during a quarterly financial results conference call.


Smit noted that some of the biggest bandwidth users served by Comcast are businesses, and the cable operator was well-positioned to service them by extending fiber or deploying its Metro Ethernet product. Residential customers get increased bandwidth through neighborhood node splitting or DOCSIS 3 channel bonding that combines several channels together to increase speed and capacity.


Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corporation, agreed with Smit, adding, “the more the consumer desires speed, the better that is for our company.”

Roberts noted DOCSIS 3.1 — the next generation of cable broadband — was “promising technology.”


“At the cable convention, we demonstrated 3Gbps” over Comcast’s existing cable infrastructure, said Roberts.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc