Bond. Channel Bond.

There is a distinct international flair thus far when it comes to disclosed deployments and trials of faster, next-gen cable Internet services based on the Docsis 3.0 platform.

The latest: South Korea's Hanaro Telecom Inc. said it's using the Cisco uBR10012 cable modem termination system (CMTS) to deliver an Internet service that caps the downstream at 100 Mbit/s. In addition to access to the Internet, the operator is using the service to pipe in its "HanaTV" video-on-demand service over IP. (See Hanaro Picks Cisco.)

It appears that customers are clamoring for the channel-bonded service, as about 200,000 customers have signed on for it since the launch in April.

While operators like Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) have started to test 3.0, most of the deployment and trial news is occurring outside the U.S. Here's a snapshot:

Although some MSOs might be considering pre-3.0 technologies to stave of pockets of fiber-to-the-home competition, it appears that most are waiting for modems and CMTSs to come through CableLabs testing with flying colors. That could happen as early as mid-December, setting up the beginning of a deployment cycle sometime in 2008. (See CableLabs Preps for Docsis 3.0 Tests .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:01:23 PM
re: Bond. Channel Bond. Just two things to add related to the list of int'l deployments/tests of 3.0-based tech:

-Cisco reminded me that Numericable of France is also starting some work with 3.0-based technologies. http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls...
-I'm told the Wideband modem partner that Hanaro Telecom is using in S. Korea is NetWave

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