Comcast cranks premium download speed up to 505Mbps in selected areas

19 Sep 2013

US cable giant Comcast has reportedly increased the speed of its ‘XFINITY Platinum’ broadband tier from 305Mbps to 505Mbps. Online portal DSL Reports writes that the cableco is still charging USD320 per month for the service, which now offers subscribers corresponding upload speeds of 105Mbps, compared to 65Mbps previously.

Although the advanced XFINITY Platinum service is not readily available through Comcast’s central website, it is believed to be available to subscribers situated in major markets within the company’s Northeast division. The service is being offered over a point-to-point Ethernet-based fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) system, rather than its DOCSIS 3.0 cable network. In the past, the cableco has expressed an interest in gauging the level of enthusiasm for higher speed platforms as a way of determining what changes need to be made to its existing DOCSIS infrastructure.