Comcast the largest US cable operator has started offering a super-fast premium service launched in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The new service offers speeds starting at 50 megabits per second, compared with the previous fastest connection speeds of 16 mb per second.
Comcast said the new service is aimed at residential and business customers. But at $149.95 a month, compared with about $50 a month for its usual service, it is likely to attract businesses or very heavy residential users. Comcast shares the Twin Cities market with regional phone company Qwest Communications International.
Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said it plans to reach around 20 percent of its subscriber base with the service by the end of the year. It plans to increase speeds on the service, eventually offering speeds of 100 mb to 160 mb per second.Comcast uses ‘channel bonding’ to achieve greater speeds