Rogers Communications is laying out a new competitive threat to Bell Canada, announcing plans to deliver its Ignite Gigabit Internet to 4 million homes by the end of next year.
Midcontinent Communications will soon light its first three markets with 1 Gbps in South Dakota, bringing it another step toward its goal to deliver 1 Gbps throughout its entire footprint by the end of 2017.
Cox Communications says it's ready to move forward with DOCSIS network technology in field trials in 2016, with deployment coming in 2017.
Cox Communications is getting ready to move forward with its DOCSIS 3.1 lab and field trials in 2016 with plans to begin formal deployments in 2017.
The U.S. cable industry is borrowing a page from the wireless industry in its race to offer 1 Gbps Internet speeds to users. The cable industry's new DOCSIS 3.1 network standard, developed largely by CableLabs, uses the OFDM technology initially pioneered by companies in the wireless industry.
The cable industry is moving from the existing DOCSIS 3.0 standard to the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, increasing their Internet speeds from around 300 Mbps to 1 Gpbs or faster.
Mediacom Communications, the nation's ninth largest MVPD provider, announced it will launch 1 Gbps speeds to residential users in a handful of its markets in Missouri starting at $149.99 per month. The company is using a combination of fiber and DOCSIS 3.0 to offer the services.
Cable operators aren't running scared from the 1 Gbps threat made by Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and a growing base of telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), but rather are fighting back with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, one that Cable Labs says will support 1 Gbps over their existing hybrid fiber coax networks. Read more here.
The cable industry is rushing headlong into the 1 Gbps future. Starting early next year, cable operators including Comcast and others are expected to begin rolling out the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard for their HFC cable networks. The technology will allow cable operators to increase the Internet speeds they can provide to customers from around 300 Mbps today to 1 Gbps and higher.
CableLabs, the nonprofit research and development consortium for cable operators, makes no secret of why it started work on DOCSIS 3.1: "Gigabit speeds were something very important" to the cable industry, explained Wayne Surdam, CableLabs' vice president of communications. DOCSIS 3.1 "ends up being a very effective way of delivering a high level of service using the [cable operator's] existing HFC plant." Indeed, DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable industry's answer to a range of competitive threats and market trends.