Thursday, April 21, 2011

Comcast offers faster Internet speeds with Xfinity Extreme 105

Anytime I post news about Comcast, I get a reaction from readers. So here you go. Comcast just notified me it is offering the new Xfinity Internet speed tier, Extreme 105. Here's more from the release:

The Extreme 105 Mbps service, which also offers up to 10 Mbps upload speeds, is available for new or existing customers at an introductory rate of $105 per month for 12 months as part of the Triple Play bundle. In addition, the service comes with a wireless home networking gateway that turns an entire house into its own WiFi hotspot.

Extreme 105 is made possible through the use of DOCSIS 3.0 technology. At a connection speed of up to 105 Mbps, Comcast customers can not only download a hi-def movie in about five minutes, but also play online interactive games, send and receive email attachments, shop and update social networking sites faster than ever before. Here are some examples that compare different on line customer experiences of a 105 Mbps connection to a 6 Mbps service:

Download Example                                |      Time at 105 Mbps      |        Time at 6 Mbps

High-definition movie (4 GB)                                 5 min                        1 hr and 30 min
Standard-definition movie (1.5 GB)                        2 min                             30 min
Standard-definition TV show (300 MB)                20 sec                             7 min
Music album (10 songs or 40 MB)                        3 sec                               50 sec
Note: Typical file sizes and actual download times may vary. Times are approximate.

As with Xfinity TV, the Houston area roll out starts right now in The Woodlands and expands from there.

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