Liberty Global: Not So Fast on D3.1
Although Liberty Global is largely prepared to support DOCSIS 3.1, it's not quite ready to roll out the cable industry's next-gen broadband spec to customers.
Speaking on the company's fourth-quarter 2017 earnings call last week, Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), executives said they’re continuing to bring their pan-European plant up to speed for DOCSIS 3.1. But they declined to say when they will actually start rolling out D3.1, after initially targeting this past fall for its first field trials and pilot deployments. (See Liberty Global Reveals Next-Gen Plans.)
Only when questioned by analysts did Liberty Global officials really address the subject. Emphasizing that the large European MSO has already absorbed most of the capital cost of introducing the new, multi-gig-enabling technology, they indicated they will launch DOCSIS 3.1 when they see the need and demands from customers who will pay for higher speeds.
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— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading