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25% of New JCom Subscribers Choose 160-Mbps Service

I missed the roundtable at SCTE yesterday with Motorola, Japanese cable operator JCom and Heavy Reading’s Alan Breznick, but I’m catching up on the presentation notes. JCom debuted its DOCSIS 3.0 service two months ago with a premium speed tier of 160 Mbps. According to the operator, 25% of new Internet subscribers since then have […]

How Do You Measure Speed?

There’s an interesting debate going on between the FCC and the NCTA about measuring broadband speeds and ISP performance. The FCC is using comScore to calculate average data rates for broadband consumers. (See Ars Technica coverage) The NCTA is arguing that the FCC’s measurement approach is flawed. While cable (and telecom) companies are naturally going […]

Around the World with DOCSIS 3.0

While I was caught up in Cable Show activities, a couple of news announcements of note hit the wire internationally. First, Motorola let drop that the company has deployed Taiwan’s first DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) with Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC). The Asian market has been quite keen on D3 technology. Last year […]

The Internet is Getting Faster

Every once in a while I find it useful to do a status check of Internet speed tiers. With that in mind, here’s a look at what major operators across the US are promoting, along with a nod to a few noteworthy international players. Comcast: Launched DOCSIS 3.0-based “Extreme Tier” last year with 50 Mbps […]

Shaw Goes for the 100-Megabit Home with Motorola DOCSIS 3.0

Canadian cable operator Shaw announced a few short weeks ago that it would be launching a new 100-Mbps speed tier using DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding.  Shortly after that, Motorola claimed the success of its TX32 downstream module for channel bonding with a milestone release counting 1,000 modules sold. Here we are later in the same […]