NTL revealed in its third quarter earnings report that it is launching a commercial trial of a 50 Mbps high-speed data service to paying customers starting this month.
NTL's decision to move forward with a next-gen cable modem platform is not a big surprise. In February, the U.K.-based MSO announced it would start to try out 100 Mbps channel bonding services in partnership with ARRIS, which is marketing a pre-DOCSIS 3.0 solution under the FlexPath moniker. That system features ARRIS' Touchstone Wideband Modem and a Cadant C4 cable modem termination system outfitted with the software required to handle downstream channel bonding.
Full DOCSIS 3.0 technologies will enable channel bonding in both the upstream and downstream.
NTL, meanwhile, reported Q3 gross broadband additions of 265,000, up 13 percent from the previous quarter, and 78,100 net additions, down from 104,900 in Q2.