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Com Hem launches 1.2Gbps broadband

Swedish cable operator Com Hem is launching a 1,200Mbps broadband service today. The service will initially be rolled out to 600,000 households in Stockholm, Borås, Falun, Gothenburg, Gävle, Jönköping, Linköping, Malmö and Uppsala.

New towns and regions will be added on a regular basis, according to the operator.

Com Hem is currently upgrading its HFC network to the DOCSIS 3.1, enabling the operator to offer greater capacity and higher speeds for customers and potentially to deliver faster speeds than 1,200Mbps in the future.

The 1,200Mbps service is being provided together with the operator’s new WiFi Hub C2 router. The operator is offering the service for SEK899 (€87) a month plus shipping and environmental charges.

“In recent years, we have upgraded our network, and this means we can now offer download speeds of up to 1,200Mbps to a large number of Swedish households. When we have completed the roll-out, we will be able to offer these speeds to most of our network. The upgrade will also enable even faster speeds moving forward. This places us at the heart of digitalisation in Sweden,” said James Lowther, broadband director of Com Hem.

“Most of our customers use wireless internet, and we are concentrating on providing the best possible WiFi experience combined with the fastest broadband speeds. This is why we are including our new test-winning router to help our customers get the most from their broadband.”

Com Hem began testing 1.2Gbps symmetrical broadband in Sweden in February ahead of a possible commercial launch next year. The test was conducted as part of the DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade and the operator said at the time that a downstream service with 100Mbps upstream would be launched later this year, giving it the option to roll out the symmetrical service later if there is sufficient commercial demand.