South Korea’s third largest cable provider is now offering 100Mbps connectivity to customers over pre-DOCSIS 3.0 hardware, according to the company press release. The service is using a wideband channel-bonded cable modem platform based on ARRIS’ pre-3.0 ‘FlexPath’ technology. The Arris solution here is the same one being used in the NTL UK 50Mbps trials, which we discussed earlier this week.
Earlier DOCSIS networks can only support transmissions within a single downstream 6 MHz radio frequency (RF) channel, limiting maximum throughput to around 40Mbps (shared). DOCSIS 3.0 will allow tuning into multiple 6 MHz channels through packet bonding technology, offering shared downstream data rates of 160 Mbps or higher and upstream data rates of 120 Mbps or higher (per channel).
DOCSIS 3.0 also incorporates Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), and offers a plethora of performance, security and functionality upgrades (CED ran a good primer on the benefits and timeline last October). Of course many American c.. (full story @ BBR)