Several modems earn DOCSIS 3.0 certification

With Net neutrality legislation looming, now might be a good time for the cable TV industry to upgrade its bandwidth capabilities, and DOCSIS 3.0 can help. Through channel bonding techniques, DOCSIS 3.0 supports burst speeds of 160 Mbps downstream and 120 Mbps upstream, just what the Net neutrality doctor ordered. Several operators are pursuing DOCSIS 3.0 trials and projects, but a big step toward commercial deployment came last week, as CableLabs certified the cable modem terminations systems and six cable modems from five vendors for compliance with the CableLabs certification. The modems included two from Motorola and one each from Ambit Broadband, Cisco Systems, Arris Group and SMC Networks. CMTS gear from Casa Systems earned full DOCSIS 3.0 certification, while CMTS gear from Motorola took home bronze certification. Expect to hear a lot of chatter about DOCSIS 3.0 at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Cable Show 2008, being held early next week in New Orleans.

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