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Arris & NTL Plan Channel-Bonding Trial

Channel-bonding is coming to town. Even though CableLabs hasn't finished drafting its eagerly awaited DOCSIS 3.0 standard, which will make use of channel-bonding techniques to deliver much faster broadband speeds thasn today's, cable operators and tech vendors are already trying out the new wideband technology. In the latest example, Arris and NTL unveiled plans earlier today to conduct a field trial of channel-bonding in the U.K., starting next month. The two companies said they will test a data service running as fast as 100 Megabits per second (Mbps). NTL, the largest British MSO, will use the Arris FlexPath channel-bonding solution incorporated in the tech vendor's Cadant C4 CMTS (cable modem termination system) and Touchstone wideband modem. The move follows a successful lab trial of the FlexPath technology recently. Arris introduced its wideband solution in 2004.
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