This is one of those news items that may get overlooked, but shouldn’t. Motorola announced two new customers in Korea today (press release did not go over the US wire) who are deploying channel-bonding technology for delivering broadband speeds to subscribers of 100Mbps. Both the cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and the cable modems are Motorola stock, giving Motorola a significant presence in the Korean cable market. The customers, C&M and CJ CableNet, are two of the three largest cable operators in the country.
Motorola was the first company to commercialize channel-bonding technology, and deployments are on the upswing globally, even if they’re not happening just yet in the US. On an optimistic note for those of us in the States, it’s quite clear that channel-bonding works in real-world situations and not just in the lab. The evidence should go a long way toward reassuring US-based cable operators as they make their own moves toward channel-bonding deployments.