The newest and the fastest cable technology is currently going well underway. The experts at Cisco Systems who attended the Cable Congress 2013 in London are confident about the specifics as to when DOCSIS 3.1 will be officially launched. Talks about this new technology started as early as 2012 although the same experts claim that the initial deployment won’t occur until 2015.
However Ralph Brown of CTO Cablelabs foresees that the technology will be available in the US only by 2016, even though the plan is to start DOCSIS 3.1 way before that time. DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable technology to replace the current 3.0 version. This latest one is expected to provide a premium downstream speed of up to 1Gbps. He also announced that there are several products coming out next year to push the DOCSIS 3.1 technology into the limelight prior to its 2015/2016 initial deployment.
In a separate interview, John Chapman of Cisco System’s CTO CABU said that as of writing, the specifications of this new technology is being developed by several experts hailing from Germany, Canada, France, the UK, Israel, and the US. They are all collaborating regularly in Denver for product development.
The cable industry invented and developed DOCSIS and the latest 3.1 version is something that called for by today’s fast changing times. The experts are working on the 3.1 version to allow spectrum sharing with the 3.0 version. This move will lead to the seamless blend in both the old and the new broadband technology service offerings.
The idea is to make many of the software working with the 3.0 to still work for 3.1, with only minimal changes necessary. This way, DOCSIS 3.1 will be able to compete very effectively with the FTTH technology. The ultimate goal is for DOCSIS 3.1 to achieve a download speed of up to 10 Gbps and an upload speed of up to 1 Gbps.