3:50 PM -- It's time to take the Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) blinders off for a moment and offer a quick update on some new deployment news on the Docsis 3.0 front:
- Swiss MSO UPC Cablecom expects to offer 100 Mbit/s services "early next year," and is expanding its spectrum to 862 MHz to add the requisite additional channels required for bonding under the Docsis 3.0 scheme. Lucky cable subs in Zurich will get the first crack at the speedier offering.
- This one sorta got swept under the rug earlier, but Qrix Communications of South Korea is hooking up with Motorola for a Docsis 3.0 rollout. (See Qrix Picks Moto Docsis 3.0 Gear.)
Closer to home (well, for some of us, anyway), Comcast remains the only North American cable operator to disclose any big deployment ambitions with Docsis 3.0 so far (as much as 20 percent of its plant will be 3.0-ready by year's end, and across the board by mid-2010), but others in the region are evidently ratcheting things up, as well. Heavy Reading senior analyst Alan Breznick predicts that, in North America alone, Docsis 3.0-enabled plant will pass 14 million homes by the end of 2008, and 35 million homes by the end of 2009.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News