Brazilian Wideband

9:40 AM -- It appears that a little shot across the bow by an incumbent telco has spurred Brazilian cable MSO NET Serviços to unleash a volley of its own in the form of Docsis 3.0-fueled Internet services. (See NET Picks Moto for Wideband.)

The MSO, in apparent reaction to a few pockets of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments by Telefónica in São Paulo, has tapped gear from Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) to introduce two wideband tiers that cap the downstream at 20 Mbit/s and 60 Mbit/s, respectively.

But it could go much faster if and when it wants to. The equipment supplied by Motorola -- the BSR6400 cable modem termination system (CMTS) and the SURFBoard 6120 cable modem -- can bond up to four upstream channels and produce shared speeds up to 160 Mbit/s. But Telefónica is marketing a 40 Mbit/s service with its few PON deployments, so evidently a 60 Mbit/s wideband counterpunch is good enough for now.

"It's up to NET on how they configure" the wideband platform, says Jeff Nightingale, senior manager of international marketing for Motorola's Home and Networks Mobility division.

Motorola, which has similar wideband deployments underway in parts of Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, believes the Docsis 3.0 deployment by NET Serviços marks a first for Latin America. (See J:COM Does Docsis 3.0 All Over, StarHub Offers 100-Mbit/s, and Qrix Picks Moto Docsis 3.0 Gear.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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