Comcast Corporation, the major internet providers in the country will unveil its cloud-powered WiFi service called “xFi” in the month of May. xFi is a Wi-Fi management platform that will provide support to many of the currently installed broadband gateways across different regions. Besides, the telecom company also declared that its home security and automation service, Xfinity Home has attained a wider reach with almost one million subscribers currently. Ahead of the commercial launch of the service in May, Comcast is conducting several testing and trials of their newly developed xFi service.
xFi has already become available in Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes via apps in the Android and iOS platforms as well as in an xFi Web portal. Brian Roberts, Comcast’s chairman, and CEO stated that the service would get officially launched next month although the exact dates of the release are not made public. He said, “We think this [xFi] will be a game-changer for WiFi, enabling people to easily improve, personalize and manage and control their home network and the devices connected to it.”
The xFi service will bring forth numerous features that are accessible to the subscribers, like the ability to view their Wi-Fi names and passwords, troubleshooting network connection issues and the status of the network activity. The xFi systems major advantage is that it allows the users to pause Wi-Fi access across the entire home network. Moreover, it allows the users to personalize their profiles, and helps in efficiently organizing and adjusting the devices that are connected to the home network.
Dave Watson, Comcast Cable’s new president, and CEO said, “Our goal is to do with broadband what we did with video with X1 – create a better experience with WiFi. It lets you define the user experience throughout the household…There’s more to come on that, but I think it’s a premium position for us and evidence that we’ll keep on growing the broadband category, not just on speed, but coverage.”
xFi service will be accessible to the 10 million Comcast customers after the commercial release of the service. It is rumored that the service will get support from many of the MSO’s deployed gateways along with the newly released models. Moreover, the addition of one million subscribers to the Xfinity Home system will offer an excellent opportunity to Comcast in terms of packaging and profit, and will pose a huge threat to the other popular internet providers.