There’s a post on Broadband Reports today about pre-DOCSIS 3.0 technology suggesting that certified DOCSIS 3.0 technology is not available. It is! In fact, Motorola has already deployed DOCSIS 3.0 modems and CMTS gear. The first commercial DOCSIS 3.0 deployment came through J:COM in Japan, and Motorola has since deployed with Korean customers as well.
Not only that, but there’s a quote worth noting from a Multichannel News article that ran last weekend:
Motorola has started shipping production volumes of DOCSIS 3.0 modems to a large North American MSO that is planning to turn on service before the end of the month, said Chris Kohler director of engineering for Motorola’s broadband solutions group.
While the DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts have felt like slow going, there is momentum building, not least because cable operators see revenue opportunities in data services. Sure, traditional video is the historical bread and butter of the cable industry, but it’s not where the margins are today. Cable operators have a lot to gain by investing in higher data speeds.