By Michael Slovin, Xfinity Communities
According to a recent study, Wi-Fi access and high-speed Internet are more important to MDU residents than all other amenities — even in-unit washers and dryers. And this trend is here to stay, as demand for broadband connectivity increases along with the number of new services and applications that require it, such as streaming video and audio, smart home technologies, and more.
At Xfinity Communities, we are working to bring faster speeds to more properties across the country through our Advanced Communities Network (ACN). For example, we recently announced new ACN deployments in Colorado and Michigan, and will continue to announce more deployments in 2017.
Comcast has developed one of the largest fiber networks in the country, covering roughly 150,000 miles. But, we have done a lot more than just building a nationwide infrastructure and using Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) designs when needed. There are a variety of technical advances we have made that help make high-speed Internet access a reality for millions of Americans, including those not living in MDUs.
For example, we developed technology that allows us to take advantage of existing wiring and cable lines at multifamily developments and other properties using Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) infrastructure — which is a much simpler and cost-efficient process than replacing current cabling. And in certain areas, with a simple home installation process, access to gigabit speeds can be as easy as turning on a modem.
This technology, which takes advantage of DOCSIS 3.1, enables us to deliver speeds up to 1 gig, giving our customers the ability to download a 5 gigabyte HD movie in just 40 seconds. We have already introduced this technology in a number of areas across our footprint, and plan to expand into even more markets throughout 2017. These innovations go hand-in-hand with our fiber efforts, ensuring high-speed Internet for all.
We are energized to be a major part of bringing unparalleled Internet and television experiences to America and look forward to working with the Fiber Broadband Association to help educate the public on how fiber was, is, and will continue to be, a big part of our future.