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Docsis 3.0 Update

1:40 PM -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) recently disclosed that its Docsis 3.0 network deployment should be wrapped up in the early part of 2010, giving it the rest of the year to polish off its $1 billion analog reclamation strategy. (See Comcast to Wrap Wideband, All-Digital Rollout This Year and Comcast's $1B Bandwidth Plan .)

But lost in the shuffle was the fact that Canadian MSO Vidéotron Telecom Ltd. completed its wideband rollout late last year.

Videotron estimates that wideband's now available to about 3 million homes and businesses in Quebec, and has 1.1 million-plus cable modem subs... but it hasn't said how many are taking one of the new Docsis 3.0 services. Videotron, an earlier adopter of Docsis 3.0, began to offer 30-Mbit/s and 50-Mbit/s (downstream) tiers in February 2008 under the "Ultimate" brand. (See Videotron Hits the Gas .)

But, as one MSO gets done with the network end of the Docsis 3.0 rollout, another is just getting started. Earlier this month, Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) launched a 50-Mbit/s Docsis 3.0 tier in Huntsville, Ala., the first market to get the wideband treatment from the cable overbuilder.

Knology, which competes with Comcast there, is teaming that 50-Mbit/s downstream with a 5-Mbit/s upstream.

Knology has previously said it would time its Docsis 3.0 launches based on competitive factors. With that in mind, another likely target is Pinellas County, Fla., a market served by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) FiOS and Bright House Networks .

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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