Looking to tap into fast proliferating upgrade plans by leading cable operators, Viavi Solutions has added DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities to its OneExpert cable TV signal analyzer.
The new product features an embedded DOCSIS 3.1 modem, based on Broadcom architecture, that allows for service testing of networks up to 1 Gbps speeds.
A DOCSIS 3.0 with 32x8 bonding version of the OneExpert is also available features the capability to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 later with a software upgrade.
"Communications service providers across the board have made great strides in advancing broadband in the last mile, with Viavi providing support for multiple technologies," said Rob Flask, director of product line management for Viavi Solutions. "If DOCSIS 3.1 is to successfully transition from trial to operation in 2016, installation instruments and management systems need to be ready to go today, and we're pleased to provide a solution that can meet that challenge."
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), the nation's biggest cable operator, has been the most aggressive cable operator so far in terms of DOCSIS 3.1 deployment, as it looks to head off gigabit-level competition from Google and other fiber-based operators.
In February, Comcast revealed plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's (NYSE: T) ongoing FTTH program.
Initially available in Atlanta and Nashville, Comcast will bring the service to Chicago, Detroit, and Miami in the second half of the year. The cable MSO plans to target residential and business customers with the service, which runs over its existing hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) plant.
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