Gigabit Cities Drive Faster Cable Internet Speeds, Heavy Reading Finds
NEW YORK -- After the FCC's call for a Gigabit City in each state by 2015, cable finds that it must quickly offer higher Internet speeds while trying to keep costs down, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider (www.heavyreading.com/cable), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).
Fast & Furious: Cable Counters Google Gigabit Salvo explores the Gigabit Internet trend and its implications for cable operators and suppliers. It includes profiles of seven suppliers that support advances in cable's high-speed Internet residential infrastructure.
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"The cable industry is caught in the crosshairs of allegations that it is not keeping pace with the latest Internet speeds, while a debate rages over whether Gigabit Internet is even needed at this time," notes Craig Leddy, research analyst with Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider and author of the report. "The challenge for cable is to promote its own escalating speed and fiber capabilities and to increase its Internet capabilities in a logical, cost-effective manner."
Cable providers have been driving toward faster and faster Internet speeds, but the competitive pressure means they cannot take their foot off of the gas, Leddy says. "While MSOs do not have to engage in costly rebuilds of HFC architecture, they will need to steadily invest in broadband technology," he continues. "The drive toward Gigabit Internet will keep cable on a direct path to increased deployment of D3 and development of D3.1, which promises higher-speed Gigabit services."
Key findings of Fast & Furious: Cable Counters Google Gigabit Salvo include the following:
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