CableLabs, SCTE to detail DOCSIS 3.1 moves at Cable-Tec Expo

CableLabs and the Society of Cable Engineers said Thursday they will detail efforts to develop a new DOCSIS 3.1 specification for delivering ultrafast broadband services at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo later this month.

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and other MSOs have upgraded most of their cable systems to support DOCSIS 3.0, which allows operators to deliver speeds of 100 Mbps or faster with their high-speed Internet services. While SCTE and CableLabs said DOCSIS 3.1 will allow operators to deliver even faster speeds, they didn't say how fast. Cisco executive John Chapman told attendees at The Cable Show in May that the next generation of DOCSIS could one day allow operators to deliver downstream speeds of 10 gigabits per second.

SCTE said it'll address DOCSIS 3.1 during a panel session on Oct. 18 at the convention in Orlando, Fla. CableLabs VP of access network technologies Dan Rice will moderate the panel, which will include Cox Communications Senior Director of network architecture Jeff Finkelstein, Time Warner Cable SVP of broadband engineering and technology Howard Pfeffer, Comcast VP of access architecture Jorge Salinger and CableLabs Director of DOCSIS specifications Matt Schmitt.

"DOCSIS 3.1 specification development is a significant milestone on the industry's roadmap to next-generation services," CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown said in a statement.

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