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Arris, UPC demo 1 Gbps broadband

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 8:35am
Brian Santo

Using equipment from Arris, UPC Austria has achieved a sustained downstream broadband speed of 1.3 Gbps.

The test was made using Arris' C4 CMTS with downstream channel bonding and Touchstone data modems, over a live network that terminates in conventional coaxial cable.

Though the test used commercially available equipment, Arris said providing a broadband service tier at such a rate is not yet practical. It did not elaborate. UPC's current fastest commercial tier is 100 Mbps.

At The Cable Show earlier this summer, Arris demonstrated the feasibility of achieving rates in excess of 4 Gbps using DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding. In a separate demonstration, Comcast and Cisco achieved broadband transmission rates of 1 Gbps.

"Our network infrastructure is very solid, and with the advanced technology of our high-quality Fiber Power Network, UPC customers are equipped for the demands of tomorrow," said Thomas Hintze, CEO of UPC Austria. "This test shows that our fiber-coaxial structure is ready to reach speeds in excess of one gigabit per second."

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