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Diving Into Docsis 3.1

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
10/18/2012
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ORLANDO -- Cable-Tec Expo -- The big Docsis 3.1 reveal is set to happen here Thursday afternoon as engineers from several cable operators and CableLabs detail the goals and timing of the industry's next-generation IP platform. (See Docsis 3.1 Will Change Cable's Data Channels, Docsis 3.1 to Be Smarter, Faster & Cheaper and Docsis 3.1 to Be Revealed at Cable-Tec Expo.)

We'll have more details on that session soon, but in the meantime, Light Reading Cable has caught up with some of the people tasked with developing those specs and creating the actual equipment.

Jorge Salinger, the VP of access architecture at Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), offered his take on the anticipated goals of Docsis 3.1 and when it will become "real," and discussed how cable intends to migrate to the new platform while continuing to support its broad deployment of Docsis 3.1.

To gain some insight from the vendor side, we also caught up with Mark Palazzo of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to ask why the industry is pursuing Docsis 3.1 now, and how the new specs will fit into the company's product roadmap and when. (See Cisco Hints at What Comes After Docsis 3.0.)

To keep up on news from the show, please visit our Cable-Tec Expo dedicated show site.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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