CableLabs will conduct a discussion of the coming 3.1 version
of DOCSIS at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers
Cable-Tec Expo on October 18. The goal is to get DOCSIS on a
track to offer speeds of 10 Gbps down and 2 Gbps up while
remaining backwards compatible with prior versions of DOCSIS.
STB makers such as Arris, Cisco, Motorola Mobility, Samsung,
Technicolor and Pace are very interested in all things DOCSIS.
CableLabs VP of access network technologies Dan Rice will
moderate a panel of:
– Jeff Finkelstein, Cox’s senior director of network
– Time Warner Cable’s SVP of broadband engineering and
technology Howard Pfeffer
– Comcast’s Jorge Salinger, VP of Access Architecture
– Matt Schmitt, director of DOCSIS specifications at CableLabs
SCTE’s SVP of Engineering and CTO Daniel Howard will explain
how the Society will help put DOCSIS 3.1 on a fast track to
The cablecos have, so far, stayed ahead of the telcos’ copper
wire broadband. Some such as Verizon have deployed all-fiber
networks in some areas to increase the speeds they offer to
well over 100 Mbps. That the cablecos are well aware of the
telcos’ every move and reacting to them is Comcast’s recent
announcement that it will counter Verizon’s 300 Mbps broadband
with a 305 Mbps offering in the same area as Verizon’s.
The telcos are using all-fiber and new copper wire DSL
technologies such as vectoring to increase the speeds they can
offer. They and their broadband vendors are also developing a
technology called G.fast that theoretically enables them to
offer speeds in the 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps range over existing
hybrid fiber/copper networks in 2014. It costs substantially
less to deploy than all-fiber networks and is expected to be
self-installable, which would eliminate a costly truck roll.
DOCSIS 3.1 is the cablecos’ pre-emptive strike.