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Time Warner Cable announced it was participating in the city of Los Angeles’ request for information (RFI) process that is targeting the development of a communitywide 1 Gigabit network that will serve area residents, businesses and city government.

The nation’s second-largest cable operator, which is the process of being acquired by Comcast, said its response included detailed information about the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver the 1-Gig service.

CableLabs released the initial specifications for DOCSIS 3.1 in October of last year. At The Cable Show in April, the cable industry gave DOCSIS 3.1 the consumer-facing name of “Gigasphere.”

“Over the last four years, Time Warner Cable has invested more than $1.5 billion to enhance our infrastructure and services in Los Angeles. This significant investment coupled with new ‘Gigasphere’ technology positions us to be able to introduce gigabit-per-second speeds in 2016,” said Peter Stern, executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer at TWC. “Leveraging our existing network allows us to deliver these speeds faster and with less disruption than any other provider."

 Los Angeles is one of the markets that Time Warner Cable targeted for its TWC Maxx network upgrade, which includes a 300 Mbps tier that has launched in some areas of the city.  Time Warner said it expected to complete the network upgrade, which includes the move to all-digital, across its Los Angeles footprint by the end of this year.

Time Warner Cable said it expected DOCSIS 3.1 to be ready for initial pilots next year.

“As the new standard is certified and equipment manufacturers deliver new hardware and modems, our Los Angeles system will be prepared to begin deployment of gigabit speeds to consumers,” Stern said. “We can quickly adopt the new DOCSIS 3.1 standards and deliver gigabit speeds for consumers across our entire Los Angeles footprint, not just select neighborhoods and communities."

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