A 1-Gig jig across the pond leads off today's look around the cable realm.
Hyperoptic is taking a high-speed run at Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) after lighting up a 1Gbit/s broadband service in south London, and selling it for £50 (US$79.04 ) per month. Installations reportedly go for £100 ($158.15) and £250 ($395.38) per flat. Hyperoptic, which anticipates expanding to up to eight other U.K. cities by 2012, leases capacity from BT (so the incumbent does get some benefit from all this) and other wholesalers. It's matching its 1Gbit/s Hyper-sonic tier with two other tiers: Hyper-active (100Mbit/s) and Hyper-lite (20Mbit/s). (See Great Britain? I Don't Think So and Virgin Widens 100-Meg Footprint, Tests 1.5-Gig .)
Competitive cable over builder WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) has posted details of two Docsis 3.0 tiers: 30Mbit/s down by 3Mbit/s up, and 50Mbit/s by 5Mbit/s. DSL Reports notes that WOW sells the 30Mbit/s tier for $90, and the 50Mbit/s offering for $110, though pricing can fluctuate depending on how customers bundle wideband with other WOW services.
Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will use MaxLinear Corp. 's wideband tuner/demodulator combo to power a range of new Docsis 3.0 stand-alone modems, wireless gateways and voice modems that can bond up to eight downstream channels. MaxLinear says its tuner can capture eight channels in two independent 100MHz-wide frequency bands located anywhere on the cable spectrum.
Shipment of app-capable, smart TVs with broadband connections reached 7 million units in 2010, and is expected to surge to 25.28 million units in 2011, predicts the Topology Research Institute. Here's how the firm sees 3D and smart features to stack up against total TV shipments through 2014.