Intel is readying cable broadband technology that will enable telecommunications service providers to offer gigabit broadband speeds within the next few years.
At the Cable Show in Boston, Intel previewed the Puma 6 platform, the latest in its family of cable broadband hardware compatible with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (Docsis) 3.0 standards.
Capable of delivering a 1Gbit/s downlink, the Intel Puma 6 technology will enable service providers to meet consumer demand and offer new services while extending their extensive network investments, Intel claimed.
The platform is currently undergoing tests with Korean telecoms firm SKbroadband, with a view to making a 1Gbit/s service commercially available to customers during 2013.
Intel said that the Puma 6 technology is capable of delivering a 1Gbit/s downstream speed by bonding up to 24 Docsis channels, up from the eight channels typically used in current cable service deployments, while doubling the upstream speed to 240Mbit/s.
"Service providers can now deliver on consumer demands for higher broadband speeds, supporting a proliferation of new devices, services and experiences," said Alan Crouch, general manager of Intel's Service Provider Division.
However, it is likely to be several years at least before UK subscribers see anything like this kind of service.
The UK's only cable provider, Virgin Media, recently upgraded its cable internet services to offer a maximum 120Mbit/s downstream to customers on its top tier package.
Virgin Media did undertake a trial of a 1.5Gbit/s service to companies in London's ‘Silicon Roundabout' last year, but declined to indicate when such a service might become more widely available.
"The technology we use on our cable network has continually demonstrated its ability to deliver greater bandwidth and faster headline speeds, as evidenced by our 1.5Gbit/s trial in London last year," Virgin Media told V3.
"With 100Mbit/s available across our network and 200Mbit/s in trial across parts of the country, cable technology is leading the charge for broadband services in the UK."
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