Several million households to benefit from faster speeds to power their increasingly connected homes
November 3, 2021 – Comcast announced today that it has increased the speeds of its most popular Xfinity Internet tiers, providing an extra boost for several million customers across its Greater Chicago Region, which spans Central and Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
The following upgrades have gone live automatically at no additional cost:
- Performance Starter upload speeds doubled to 50/10 Megabits per second (Mbps);
- Performance upload speeds doubled to 100/10 Mbps;
- Blast speeds increased from 200/10 Mbps to 300/10 Mbps;
- Extreme speeds increased from 400/20 Mbps to 600/20 Mbps.
- Extreme Pro speeds increased from 800/20 Mbps to 900/20 Mbps; and
- Gigabit Pro speeds increased from 2/2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 3/3 Gbps symmetrical nationwide. Gigabit Pro uses enterprise-grade, fiber-based ethernet technology to make it possible for Xfinity Internet customers to receive symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds so you can stream or game in 4K in multiple rooms in your home.
“Comcast’s more than 68,000 miles of fiber-dense network lines and other infrastructure serve communities throughout the region, and our nearly two million WiFi hotspots in the region allow residents to connect on the go,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region Senior Vice President. “Comcast’s $1.4 billion investment in its regional network over the last three years and its ongoing investments make it possible for the company to deliver some of the fastest Internet speeds on the market, the most advanced telecommunications services for homes and business and a great experience to our customers.”
Comcast’s Xfinity Internet service is delivered using the company’s existing network architecture and the connections that are already in most customers’ homes. Its network offers residential download speeds faster than a Gig over its current infrastructure already, making the company the largest provider of Gigabit speeds in the region and the country.
Comcast recently tested the world’s first 10G connection from network to modem at the biggest annual 10G event. This demonstration was a milestone in a company project that aims to ultimately produce 10 Gbps residential speeds and beyond.
“Our customers build their digital lives on the foundation of our Internet service, so we continue to push the technological envelope to anticipate their future needs,” said Tony Werner, Comcast’s President of Technology, Product, Xperience. “The great strength of our network technology is that we will have the ability to scale these next-generation speeds to tens of millions of homes in the future without digging up yards or starting massive construction projects. This technology provides a path to meeting the needs of the future and making multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds a reality for everyone, not just a select few.”
Over the last decade, Comcast has invested nearly $30 billion to build an expansive, fiber-dense network comprising of 191,000 route miles in its service footprint nationally. The network carries an immense amount of traffic and performed extraordinarily well during the pandemic. The company has doubled its network capacity every 2.5 years to stay well ahead of demand.
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With nearly 6,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region (https://chicago.comcast.com) serves customers in central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. “Like” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Facebook by visiting @Comcast. “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastIllinois.