Clearing a path for distributors to develop broadband services offering speeds of up to 10 Gbps, CableLabs released its DOCSIS 3.1 PHY (physical layer) specs on Wednesday.
While stopping short of announcing a merger, two of the cable industry's top technology trade groups said they agreed to integrate and align their work on standards and training programs.
Cable engineers will look at ways to speed the adoption of the new DOCSIS 3.1 services at an event the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CableLabs plan to hold in October, the groups said earlier this week.
FierceCable 's list of the top cable technologies of 2013 leads with a look at the video gateways--or "super DVRs"--that Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other major MSOs will deploy this year as they attempt to stave off competition from products such as DirecTV's Genie and Dish Network's Hopper multiroom DVRs.
No one really came out and said it at last week's SCTE Cable Tec Expo in Orlando--at least not publicly--but cable's move to DOCSIS 3.1 while the DOCSIS 3.0 rollout is still nascent could happen only because the competition has either given up or gone away.
The cable industry has a good thing going with the combination of its hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network infrastructure and Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) high-speed data platform, so it was only a slight surprise that a panel of high-powered industry executivesThursday laid out a DOCSIS 3.1 plan, even as DOCSIS 3.0 has just barely begun.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said Thursday that formed a working group focused on helping cable operators and technology vendors deploy products that support a new DOCSIS 3.1 standard that could allow for the delivery of ultrafast broadband products.
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.
The generally cautious--some would say slow--development of technology specifications is apparently ramping up to meet the desires--some would say impatient demands--of a growing base of technologically savvy users.