Wideband Growth Continues in North America

DENVER -- Cable Next-Gen Broadband Strategies 2010 -- North American MSOs will pass 90 million homes with Docsis 3.0 by 2012, according to the latest forecast from Heavy Reading.

That surge, which would cover roughly 70.3 percent of all cable homes passed in North America, is nearly double where things ended up last year. According to Heavy Reading, at the end of 2009 about 50 million homes had access to Docsis 3.0, representing about 40 percent of all cable homes passed in the region.

Here's Heavy Reading's breakdown of the Docsis 3.0 past, present, and future, as presented here today at The Cable Center :

Table 1: North American MSO Docsis 3.0 Deployments Forecast
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Cable homes passed by Docsis 3.0 0 14 million 50 million 75 million 85 million 90 million
Percentage of all cable homes passed 0% 8.8% 40% 59.5% 66.9% 70.3%
Source: Heavy Reading

A good portion of 2009's deployment surge came way of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s aggressive rollout. Comcast, which has almost 16 million high-speed Internet customers, expects to complete its Docsis 3.0 network buildout in the early portion of this year. (See Comcast to Wrap Wideband, All-Digital Rollout This Year.)

Some other sizable contributors last year included Cox Communications Inc. , Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI), Videotron, and Shaw Communications Inc. Several mid-sized MSOs, including BendBroadband , Suddenlink Communications , and Mediacom Communications Corp. also got wideband underway last year.

In 2010, Heavy Reading expects the number of homes passed with Docsis 3.0 to jump to 75 million, no doubt helped along by Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s expected expansion beyond its first two wideband markets: New York City and Cincinnati. (See Time Warner Cable's Next Docsis 3.0 Targets and The 'Nati Gets Docsis 3.0 .)

But the spread of Docsis 3.0 and its ability to provide burst Internet speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more isn't confined to North America. Later today, Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) VP of strategic technology Timothy Burke and Cable Europe Labs chief technology officer Peter Percosan will highlight the extensive wideband activities underway in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and compare and contrast how they compare with North America's Docsis 3.0 scene.

Light Reading Cable will be providing additional coverage from the event throughout the day.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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