Cable One preps community for DOCSIS 4.0 because it eyes 10G future

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Cable One is laying the groundwork for DOCSIS 4.0, finishing a sequence of community upgrades it hopes will easy its eventual deployment of the know-how and, in the end, its path to 10 Gbps.

The operator mentioned it’s at the moment working to replace its community return path to permit for symmetrical multi-gig service and is reclaiming spectrum used for conventional linear video companies. It’s also upgrading its hybrid fiber coaxial plant capability to 1.8 GHz.

“Gig velocity is only the start of the story,” Cable One CEO Julie Laulis mentioned in a assertion. “We’re implementing the upgrades wanted to our networks to be able to carry multi-gig symmetrical speeds to our residential clients within the subsequent few years and be sure that we proceed to remain effectively forward of the patron consumption curve.”

Cable One already provides gigabit speeds to residential clients throughout 99% of its footprint. Nevertheless, Laulis mentioned the shift to “10G will remodel the shopper expertise, creating new prospects for sensible cities, linked properties, digital and augmented actuality and enterprise.”

The operator didn’t definitively state which of the two variations of DOCSIS 4.0 – full duplex (FDX) or frequency division duplex (FDD, also referred to as prolonged spectrum or ESD) – it’s pursuing. Nevertheless, the adjustments it’s making to the plant capability seem in step with an FDD/ESD method.

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A number of different main operators have begun fleshing out their DOCSIS 4.0 plans in latest months.

Comcast, as an example, just lately mentioned it was selecting up the tempo on DOCSIS 4.0 work and has homed in on mid-split upgrades as a stepping stone to full duplex. Cox Communications, in the meantime, already has mid-split implementations in place and is planning to maneuver to a high-split configuration within the close to future.

Elsewhere, Canadian operator Shaw Communications mentioned it’s plotting a shift to FDD/ESD DOCSIS 4.0 by 2030, with deployments anticipated to start in 2024.

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